Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 22:53:12 -0400

From: Robert Kelly kelly[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BARD.EDU

Subject: Re: Terminology of unexcused absences

Forty years ago, Montana railroad workers were said to "slope" off, and

"sloping off" was their version of sloughing/sluffing. It meant both

absenteeism and lateness, as well as slack performance.


Robert Kelly

Division of Literature and Languages, Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson NY 12504

Voice Mail: 914-758-7600 Box 7205


On Wed, 20 Sep 1995, Al Futrell wrote:

On Tue, 19 Sep 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote:

Outside of Utah, which states use sluff, sluffed, sluffing, or sluffs?

I have heard sloughing off ever since I can remember, but then maybe I

have been hanging with too many gamblers....and it was often a matter of

sloughing off a class to imbibe in some sport.