Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 14:48:24 -0600

From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIC.EDU

Subject: Re: "harsh" as woty

I don't know about a word of the year, but the word

of the year (student slang?) with my 17-year-old daughter is

"harsh" as an adjectival intensifier in a positive sense.

Is this local, off tv, out of a movie, or what?

In a positive sense? Hmm. That's interesting.

My friends all use the adjective with some frequency,

but for them (and for me) it is negative, but in a

hip way.

For example,

Friend A: Did you see that girl he's with?

Friend B: Yeah -- not a looker, huh?

Friend A: Not a looker?! She looks like the poster

child for Crack Babies...

Friend B: Oh, man! That's *way* harsh!

And speaking of "way" -- I'd have to say that that

particular word has gained widespread usage in the

past couple of years as an adverb. Maybe not WOTY,

but definitely a novel lexical entry. =^]


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