Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 14:48:24 -0600 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" 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. =^] ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;