Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1993 06:43:53 +0500 From: "Connie C. Eble" Subject: Re: Rock'n Roll I think that you figured out from context just exactly what rock 'n' roll means to your classmate--that he thinks something is good or great. This example is probably a specimen of the slang of your classmate's group. I think that I have the expression in my corpus of college slang from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but I do not have my files at hand to check it now. As for the origin of the phrase as a term referring to music (which the originator of rock'n'roll as a slang expression for great probably had in mind), Gerald Cohen has a excellent piece in Comments on Etymology, I think in the December issue of 1992, or somewhere around that time. Do you know Jonathan Lighter in the English Department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is completing a dictionary of slang and might have some information for you. Connie Eble cceble[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]