Date: Fri, 2 Jun 1995 21:50:56 -0400

From: James C Stalker stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: Query about terms

If you are interested in possible historical sources, try Grose or the later

Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Rap is defined, in one sense, as "to exchange

or barter" and as "to take a false oath, also to curse." If you are interested

in more recent sources, I do recall "rap" as being a courtship repartee, but I

don't know the source. I would have to redo some research.