End of ADS-L Digest - 3 Feb 1994 to 5 Feb 1994 ********************************************** There are 9 messages totalling 250 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Sluff & Nimrod (5) 2. your mail (2) 3. AAVE variation and ADS in Toronto 4. Regional variation in BE ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 5 Feb 1994 21:59:11 -700 From: Keith Russell 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? Keith Russell wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]wpmail.us.dynix.com wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cpu.us.dynix.com