[Ads-l] RES: Bop as a girls name

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Mar 16 18:19:23 UTC 2016

> Poster:       Christopher Philippo <toff at MAC.COM>
> Subject:      Re: Bop as a girls name
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> [on the 16th]
> The word bop is probably best known as a synonym for hit or punch, I would
> think.  It shows up in that sense in the song for children ...

surely the word is also well known as a shortening (of "bebop", a shortening attested from the 1940s)  with uses as a noun (bop music), verb (just bopping along), nonsense syllable (Be-Bop-A-Lula), and the stem in "bopper" (as in the Big Bopper).

NOAD2 has both senses.


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