Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 13:32:32 -0500
Subject: Re: Slimed

Fred, I think the name of that show was _You Can't Do That on Television_.
It was a kid's show in which members of the cast were frequently drenched
from above with nasty green goo. I don't know if they called the practice
"sliming." I didn't watch the show. I do know that it was a Canadian
production (I believe), and that Alison what's her name, whose album
_Jagged Little Pill_ was a hit a couple year's ago, was a member of the
cast. The other possiblity was Nik's game show for kids--Double-Dare--
where contestants were also doused with slime. The problem with these
shows as sources for "slimed" is that they both aired after the original
_Ghostbusters_ film, which I believe premiered in 1982 or 1983. I think
that both Nik shows came afterwards. Anyone?

On Tue, 24 Feb 1998, Fred Shapiro wrote:

On Tue, 24 Feb 1998, Tom Head wrote:

Would this mean that the word actually came from _Ghostbusters_ (1985)?
I'd always thought the movie got it from another source.

The term was probably popularized by _Ghostbusters_, and this is probably
where the political usage came from. But it was used on Nickelodeon (I
don't have the name of the exact show handy as I'm typing this) prior to

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