Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 11:40:19 +0000 From: Jim Rader Subject: Re: skell yet again Though I discovered on Nexis that was used in addition to , if less frequently, I never went back to our old citation file to check it out. (This is is the sort of sloppiness I criticize other people for.) The following turned up: "...'skels,' as the cops call big-city bums, come over from the Bowery to roost and doze." Thomas Conway, , Dunellen, N.J. 11 (8) Jan. 1955, p. 40 was a pulp crime magazine--I should say is: amazingly, it's still published, up to, if I recall correctly, vol. 57, according to Library of Congress records. Someone--an outside contributor, I think, though I would have to ask Gil--read pulp crime magazines systematically in the 1950's and Merriam files owe much of what he slang material of the period to this person. The handwritten citation slip is actually dated October 27, 1954. If was current enough to get into 1950's crime fiction, I don't even want to guess how old the word actually is. Jim Rader