April 24th, 2008

Venus

On Words, and the solidifying of spelling

I started a new mystery novel at the gym yesterday, wherein someone is referred to as sceevy. Now, I'm more familiar with that word as skeevy. I first read it about five years ago in reference to someone on "Survivor," and it was new slang to me at that time. It sticks with me because, like skanky, the sound of the word connotes what it means.

So I checked the date on the novel, and it was published in 1993. That means the author used a slang word before its spelling had solidified into something else. This isn't the first time I've encountered that problem.

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