[Ads-l] Dope

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 7 14:39:30 UTC 2016

> On Aug 6, 2016, at 6:25 PM, Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> I assume the adjective (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wiktionary.org_wiki_dope-23Adjective&d=CwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=-TnY4Rl6x3UrOef3osQOCNTXNHiwVB_9ykIdI9drNx8&s=3V9C8W6BOalwggn2a54tzoDQs231cQZQs-CVlL1MnVs&e= ) meaning comes from the noun meaning drugs. I have a friend who uses it all the time. I think he uses both “dope” as an adjective and “the dope” as a noun to mean the same thing. BB

So "a dope party" will be ambiguous, and stressed differently depending on whether it's a compound or adj + noun phrase.

>> On 6 Aug 2016, at 05:36, Michael Quinion <michael.quinion at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG> wrote:
>> My current newsletter, out today (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__wwwords.org_pdvi&d=CwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=-TnY4Rl6x3UrOef3osQOCNTXNHiwVB_9ykIdI9drNx8&s=HHhzTcOWV1uOpyCwJB6JyTMOjd29WVebKNioPI42Nc4&e= ), contains a long piece about the history of /dope/ in its various senses. Some of the illustrative quotations may be of interest and some are antedatings.
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