Date: Tue, 18 Oct 1994 13:04:47 CDT
From: Randy Roberts robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EXT.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: offending idioms
I recall that folklorist Archie Green, in a paper on Labor Lingo,
reported the terms Irish buggy and African diesel were being used on
construction sites to refer to a wheelbarrow. William Safire, in a
column from August 1980, discussed occupational slurs. I think he
used the term occuslurs.
Re: "more bang for the buck" If anyone is interested I can provide
information from the Peter Tamony collection that relates to the
sexual connotations of the term bang and as it relates to drug usage.
Tamony collected info from the works of Eric Partridge, David Mauer
and others for bang as a sexual term. He also found examples from the
writings of James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac and others.
University of Missouri-Columbia
robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ext.missouri.edu