Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 10:08:22 -0500 From: wachal robert s Subject: Amelioration of 'suck' and other such Did anyone notice the use of 'suck' in Dilbert a few days ago? Someone remarked on the amelioration of 'getting shafted/screwed' and the like last week. Does anyone have a list of body-specific or sexual activity- specific words or expressions that have generalized or softened? I mentioned at the recent DSNA meeting that young kids, even those who are good spellers, writing about someone being "pist" because they are unaware that it is from 'pissed off'. Perhaps the person who wrote about this could repost to me directly: robert-wachal[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Ron Butters and I have both (but independently of each other) discussed in legal cases the possible origin of 'suck' as an expression of general disaprobation. Apparently 'suck' has become so common that it's possible allusion to fellation has become obscure. I've even heard people use 'brown nose' in apparent innocence of its origin. Any thoughts on these matters, friends and colleagues? Bob Wachal