Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 15:34:44 EST From: AAllan Subject: Re: skell? You'll find it in the brand-new _Oxford Dictionary of New Words_ (1997), which misleadingly takes the same title as its 1991 predecessor (without calling itself a new edition), but seems to be almost entirely new. It defines the word: In New York, a homeless person or derelict, especially one who sleeps in the subway system. Perhaps formed as a shortening of _skeleton_. and cites the NY Times Magazine 31 January 1982, p 21: "Other New Yorkers live there . . . eating yesterday's bagels and sleeping on benches. The police in New York call such people 'skells.'" as well as Newsday from 1988. - Allan Metcalf