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Topic: 5) Huh? (1 of 3), Read 53 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 06:06 PM

T. Conway writes: "It seems that 'You know what?' has found its way into almost everyone's vocabulary, so why not create a shortened version? I think rappers and their fans have shortened it by a third with 'word up.' But the job's not yet complete, and 'word up' is too 'hipspeak,' if you will, for me."

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Topic: 5) Huh? (2 of 3), Read 56 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Joss Randall (joss@yahoo.com)
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 06:40 PM

On 9/29/99 6:06:34 PM, Barbara Wallraff wrote:
>T. Conway writes: "It seems
>that 'You know what?' has
>found its way into almost
>everyone's vocabulary, so why
>not create a shortened
>version? I think rappers and
>their fans have shortened it
>by a third with 'word up.' But
>the job's not yet complete,
>and 'word up' is too
>'hipspeak,' if you will, for
>me."

What makes you think that rappers and their fans can think, much less speak.
>




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Topic: 5) Huh? (3 of 3), Read 53 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Martin Melhus (melhus@fdrc.iit.edu)
Date: Friday, October 08, 1999 01:41 AM

Rappers certainly talk a lot, but I concur; they don't speak. What they do is something in the nether region between poetry and song, but replacing true artistry with some sort of techno-pop. If it weren't already called rap,
it would make another nice word fugitive.

Regards,
Martin


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