LINGUIST List 11.1067

Wed May 10 2000

Qs: American Dialect/"Schivi"

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  1. Emery Snyder, American dialect: schivi

Message 1: American dialect: schivi

Date: Mon, 08 May 2000 06:12:03 -0400
From: Emery Snyder <>
Subject: American dialect: schivi

I teach at Rutgers (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA). This year I heard my
students using an adjective pronounced /ski:vi/, which they asserted meant
"annoying" and came from Italian, where there is a word "schivi". They
claimed the word had been around for about 10 years (which is about the
range of their historical memory).

Does anyone else have an attestation?
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