[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Thu Sep 27 03:01:49 UTC 2018

"Puke" is as old as Shakespeare's time.


From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 10:53:49 PM
Subject: Re: Kavanaugh yearbook

> On Sep 26, 2018, at 7:39 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> “Upchuck”, “puke”, and “heave" were also big around the same time as “barf” and “ralph”.

i think they'd all be understood today, though maybe only "puke" is particuarly common.

"upchuck" and "puke" are about a generation older than "barf" and "ralph" (the relative newness of "barf" and "ralph" might have contributed to their popularity, in certain circles, for a while).  "heave", on the other hand, goes back well into the 19th century (GDoS has an 1862 Artemus Ward cite with the irregular post "hev").


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