[Ads-l] Oral history? Folklore? Urban legend? Bullshit?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 26 00:59:28 UTC 2016

Miscellanea heard on the A&E documentary, Streets of Compton:

A man captioned as the "Founder of the Bloods says that, when he went to
prison, black prisoners were Crips or not. Those who were not had problems.
He noticed that, when the Crips had occasion to interact with other
prisoners, whether or not they were fellow Crips, they used the stock
greeting, “[What's happening et sim.] _cuz_?” So, he organized the GDI’s
into a counter-group, first, by having them reply with “[What's happening
et sim.] _blood_?” instead of with the expected “[…,] _cuz_."

After studying over the problem of the origin of this use of _blood_ is
ultimately derived from HDAS *blood *n.* 2*, picked up at the picture-show
and in funnybooks. Or not.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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