Date: Tue, 23 Dec 1997 10:10:07 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: "wig out" At 07:06 AM 12/23/97 -0800, you wrote: >Tom Dalzell's book, Flapper 2 Rappers, says it was both mainstream and hippie >slang of the 60s. At least on the West Coast, the term (meaning "to go >crazy") is still current and was reported at UCLA and CPP this year. > >Judi Sanders > First place I heard it was from urban NYCity working-class 20-year-olds that I was teaching at a branch of CUNY as a grad student in the later 1980's. The sense from context was to flip out or go crazy or get upset. Cf. the older "flip one's wig," which (without research) I always took it to be a variant of. Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]