Date: Sat, 5 Feb 1994 21:59:11 -700
From: Keith Russell wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]US.DYNIX.COM
Subject: Re: Sluff & Nimrod
On Sat, 5 Feb 1994, Donald M. Lance wrote:
Jan Brunvand at U of Utah (Salt Lake City) tells me that his students are
currently using 'nimrod' as a synonym for nerd, wuss, dork, etc. They
didn't know the word has biblical connections or might have other meanings.
I'm not particularly collecting data on this item, but others might be (e.g.,
Connie Eble) and would want to know of its use elsewhere.
My son was using 'nimrod' in this sense four years ago, in high school. I
don't know how widespread the term is, since we're also in Utah (Provo
area), but it isn't particulary new.
Jan also tells me that in the public schools kids "sluff" school -- none of
that hooky stuff. And the school bulletins use this term in discussing
school policy. Known elsewhere? Widespread? (I don't keep
up with the modern world and don't know these modren terms.)
'Sluff' is the usual term here. I 'played hooky' thirty years ago, but my
wife says she used 'sluff.' She graduated from high school in 1966.
Brunvand is the urban legend specialist. Choking Doberman etc. DMLance
Do you happen to know if Brunvand has an Internet address?
wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]wpmail.us.dynix.com
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