Date: Tue, 5 Mar 1996 22:28:56 EST
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: skinny marink?
As a spinoff of a conversation with Ellen Prince, I thought I'd try to pin
down the boundaries of the above lexical item (region and approximate year).
For me, at least, it's a childhood term from the 1950's in New York, where
I remember it being stressed only on the first component, so I'm just guessing
the two final unstressed syllables are spelled in the indicated fashion. I
couldn't locate it in either DARE or Lighter's Random House historical slang
dictionary for the obvious reason that neither has put out M's (let alone S's)
yet. Anyone else remember skinny marinks?