Date: Wed, 14 Feb 1996 12:52:34 -0500 From: "Winfield, Laurie" 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: boink /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. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;