Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 10:29:01 +0000
From: Jenny Becker beckerj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OMRI.CZ
Subject: Re: Knarly?
"Gnarly" comes from "gnarled," which, according to Webster's Third, means
"warped or twisted with or as if with gnarls." While "gnarly" may be used
in popular speech to mean both "disgusting" and "cool" (I think), there is
certainly a standard spelling for it.
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This word is difficult in that it is normally restricted to oral use.
Although a preceived spelling may be present with its usage, I cannot
say for certain whether the spelling has truly been standardized.
I know it's too soon for prescriptivism here, but isn't it usually spelt
"gnarly"? Funny what a history of silent letters can do!
On Wed, 8 Nov 1995, SETH SKLAREY wrote:
In Golden Beach, Florida they used to have them on the median strip, and
trimmed them down all the time. It is a very hard, knarly plant when
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