Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 07:56:01 -0800 From: Dan Moonhawk Alford Subject: Gnarly Gnews! Excellent, Joan! I was referring to the "fashions of speaking" that spread the word widely rather than its origin, which you have (by experience?) rightly pinpointed. In fact, prompted by this discussion, the person I keep referring to as "my wife" (Dr. Marilyn Silva) last night in a class mentioned this topic word and -- lo and behold! -- found a native speaker of SurferTalk who told her exactly the same information. The expression comes from all the dings resulting in bumps from being thrown off boards, battered by surf, etc. For this speaker, the word is definitely with a non-optional "g" because of the gnarled appearance. 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. Both Marilyn and I are sure we've seen 'Narly!' written before (where?). On Fri, 10 Nov 1995, Joan C. Cook wrote: > On Thu, 9 Nov 1995, Dan Moonhawk Alford wrote: > > > PS -- my wife also is of the opinion that looking up Valley Girl Talk in > > Webster's is a case of misplaced authority. > > :-) > > Well, actually, Dan, (g)narly isn't Valley Girl Talk, it's Surfer (and > Skateboarder) Talk. :-) > > --Joan (who's too many miles from that part of the world to be licensed > to talk about it) > > *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* > Joan C. Cook Imagination is > Department of Linguistics more important > Georgetown University than knowledge. > Washington, D.C., USA > cookj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] --Albert Einstein > *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* > > > > > >