Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 13:54:06 EST
From: mai MAINGR01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UKCC.UKY.EDU
Subject: Re: Gnarly Gnews!
However, it is not surprising that even some native speakers of this
dialect (?) do not know its origin and therefore reanalyze it to have
either a different silent letter in spelling (k) or none at all.
I have followed this discussion with interest, since I have encountered
this word frequently and hardly had a clue as to what it meant except
through its context. Now I too can utter the all too cool expression,
"Gnarly, dude!" :-)
BTW, the people using this expression in Lexington, Ky are pool players,
rock musicians and "young dudes" who "chill". I have heard this from
white kids mostly. I also heard a young black man use the word "corn"
and saw it written with a backwards K on a t-shirt yesterday.
I presume the meaning is cannabis. Can anyone verify this?
Mark Ingram, who became gnarly the old fashioned way
maingr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ukcc.uky.edu