End of ADS-L Digest - 19 Dec 1997 to 20 Dec 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 20 Dec 1997 to 21 Dec 1997 There are 3 messages totalling 74 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "wig out" 2. Chicagoland 3. un-subscribe ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 12:31:50 -0500 From: Gerald Cohen Subject: Re: "wig out" On l2/18/97 David Bergdahl asked about to "wig out," adding: "I've met the term in novels by AA authors written in the 70's and early 80's. I don't know if it's still current." Information on this topic can be found in Clarence Major's _Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of African-American Slang_ (Viking Pr., 1994): "WIG, n. (1930s-1960s) a man or woman's natural hair that has been processed or straightened; one's mentality, brain, skull, thoughts. WIG, n. (1930s-1950s) in the jazz world, a highly respected musician, respected because he or she 'wigs' people out--reaching them on a mental level and causing reflection, rather than exciting them to dance. WIG [ONE] OUT; WIGGED [ONE] OUT (1950s-1960s) in jazz, to excite or thrill; respond with great enthusiasm; used also in the same way in street culture--to delight, etc. Example: 'Man, Bags [Milt Jackson] really wigs me out when he starts tapping that vibraphone like he's making tender love to it.' WIGGED OUT, adj. (1950s-1960s) to be extremely high on narcotics. WIGGING, v. (1940S-1950s) in jazz, playing unusually innovative music; talking strangely or doing something considered 'weird.'" ----Meanwhile, Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow's autobiography _Really the Blues_ (co-authored with Bernard Wolfe; 1946) presents in its glossary: "WIG - head or hair WIG TRIG - idea" --Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]umr.edu