End of ADS-L Digest - 15 Mar 1996 to 16 Mar 1996 ************************************************ There are 6 messages totalling 387 lines in this issue. [The last one was spam and has been deleted.] Topics of the day: 1. "smathered" 2. 'going to' (2) 3. "Resources on Black Slang" 4. PADS 79 is being printed ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 17 Mar 1996 00:32:52 -0500 From: "Peter L. Patrick" Subject: Re: "smathered" More on "cobbed". Oddly this scholarly bunch hasn't come up with any citations yet. Since I just picked up a very nice copy of Partridge's D. of Slang & Unconventional English (1961) for a song, I looked it up and found two unscatological meanings which fit. Well, LESS scatological I suppose! 1. To strike, esp. on the buttocks [there they are!] with something flat (gen. a hand-saw, says Hotten): nautical (_1769). Marryat in "The King's Own": 'Gentlemen, gentlemen, if you must cobb Mrs. Skrimmage, for God's sake let it be over all', i.e. with no clothes raised. Prob. echoic. 2. Hence, to humbug, deceive; coll., C. 19-20, ob., perhaps influenced by 'cod'. That is one of Partridge's more unmotivated "hence"s, isn't it? I suppose David's grandfather might have meant the second, rather like "shorn" or "clipped" or "taken". But Dennis's comments seem to reflect the first one. I believe the first is old enough to predate the association of "cob" with "corn" ("corn" meaning "maize" is a New World usage, isn't it? I think it meant oats, wheat, etc. in the British Isles-- and they don't have cobs). One hopes so, for poor Mrs. Skrimmage's sake. (Of course, I also doubt whether Partridge would TELL us plainly if the meaning was the one everyone seems to have been assuming...) --peter patrick