LINGUIST List 3.95

Fri 31 Jan 1992

Disc: Intensifiers

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  1. Thomas E Payne, 3.084 "way" etc.
  2. "Bruce E. Nevin", big time

Message 1: 3.084 "way" etc.

Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1992 08:14 PST3.084 "way" etc.
From: Thomas E Payne <TPAYNEOREGON.UOREGON.EDU>
Subject: 3.084 "way" etc.

Here's data from an 11 year old in Eugene, Oregon.
"way" is an intensifier for any adjective (in elicitation), e.g. "way tall",
"way dorky", etc. However, the only usages observed in discourse are "way
cool" (=good) and "way dead" (= in trouble, e.g., with parents).
"Way" is also an interjection with the sense of "great!", or "wow!"
"toast" meaning to be physically hurt is majorly unattested. The nearest
equivalent is "dead", which isn't limited to physical difficulties.
"Majorly" is standard, isn't it?
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Message 2: big time

Date: Tue, 28 Jan 92 14:03:56 ESbig time
From: "Bruce E. Nevin" <bnevinccb.bbn.com>
Subject: big time

"Big time" has been around for many years, along with its perhaps more
familiar antonym "small time," as in "he's just a small-time thug."
I have always understood it as coming from gangster jargon and referring
to doing time in the pen (penitentiary).

	Bruce Nevin
	bnbbn.com
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