Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 12:52:34 -0500

From: "Winfield, Laurie" lwinfield[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RINET.HUNTON.COM

Subject: Re: two questions: boink and fish shan

Oh my gosh. I've always used bonk in to mean hitting your head. "Don't

bonk your head on the doorway" or "They bonked heads when they bent down to

clean up the mess together." My mother always used bonk in this sense and

in no other context. I always wondered why my mother-in-law did a double

take when I told her that my little daughter got bonked on the head!!

Does anyone else have this usage? Please?


From: American Dialect Society

To: Multiple recipients of list ADS

Subject: Re: two questions: boink and fish shan

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 1996 12:25PM

I checked the Web, and found this site:

which contained the following entry:


/boynk/ [Usenet: variously ascribed to the TV series "Cheers"

"Moonlighting", and "Soap"] 1. To have sex with; compare bounce, sense 3.

(This is mainstream slang.) In Commonwealth hackish the variant `bonk' is

more common. 2. After the original Peter Korn `Boinkon' Usenet parties, used

for almost any net social gathering, e.g., Miniboink, a small boink held by

Nancy Gillett in 1988; Minniboink, a Boinkcon in Minnesota in 1989;

Humpdayboinks, Wednesday get-togethers held in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Compare [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]-party. 3. Var of `bonk'; see bonk/oif.


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