Date: Thu, 9 Nov 1995 08:59:18 -0800 From: Dan Moonhawk Alford Subject: Re: Knarly? I know I'm the one who started this thread one way, but now I MUST suggest another direction, my wife's intuition that the word as meaning 'cool' is really 'narly' and is merely homophonous with 'gnarly'. On Thu, 9 Nov 1995, Jenny Becker wrote: > "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. > > Jenny Becker > beckerj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > > > >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. > > > >Tom > > > >> 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 > >>treate > >d > >> > > > >Tom Uharriet > >utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >