Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 15:21:08 -0500
From: Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Slimed

On Tue, 24 Feb 1998, Bob Haas wrote:

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
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?

_Ghostbusters_ came out in the summer of 1984. Apparently _slimed_ was
used in "You Can't Do That on TV" on Nickelodeon prior to that.

Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998
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