Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 09:22:32 -0600

From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM

Subject: Re: toboggan

On Wed, 29 Nov 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:

(i.e., "whore, whore, whore"). However, black college students told me

last week that "ho" (i.e., "whore") now refers to a promiscuous male; a

promiscuous female is called a "freak." The etymological explanation

offered to me posited that the new meaning for "freak" comes from Atlanta's

"Freaknik" since this party offers numerous opportunities for one-time

anonymous sex ("which is the best way to have it," the student said).

I don't think this is a new usage, or not very new. What about that '70s

song "Superfreak" ("She's a freak--superfreaky!")? "Freak" is also used

in this sense in Spike Lee's _School Daze_, which is about eight (??)

years old.

Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]