Date: Fri, 2 Jun 1995 21:50:56 -0400 From: James C Stalker 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.