Date: Tue, 23 Dec 1997 10:56:45 +0000

From: David Bergdahl bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU

Subject: Re: wig out

I don't think of _wig out_ as being AAVE. It probably

does come from _flip one's lid/wig,_ which we have in

HDAS from the early 1930s.

Jesse Sheidlower

Random House Reference


My source was the Al Young novel SNAKES which treats AA street life so

my first notice of the term was in that context.



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