Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 14:57:16 +0000 From: Jim Rader Subject: Re: skell again An addendum to my just sent post on : I neglected to add a 1991 cite for from the Village Voice that I must have marked myself: Village Voice, Oct. 8, 1991, p. 39 [quote from Pable Guzman, WNYW TV newsman] "A lot of us tend to adopt police jargon; they use the term 'skel,' probably from skeleton. It used to mean just low-lifes but now it's used for blacks and Puerto Ricans across the board. I hear it on our scanner and it infuriates me." Aside from some obvious typos in my first post, I somehow came out with "Merriam writers" instead of "Merriam editors"; God forbid that any of us harmless drudges should consider him- or herself a writer on the exalted level of, say, a journalist. Jim Rader