[lit-ideas] Re: help with geezer

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 23:38:23 -0400

Likewise, in the Anthony Trollope's book The Way We Live Now, as interpreted by 
the BBC production, I was surprised that the upper classes used the word ain't 
several times.  Is there a history of respectability of the word ain't, and if 
so, why did it go south?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Alok Rai 
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 10/16/2006 11:23:40 PM 
Subject: [lit-ideas] help with geezer

I was puzzling over the provenance and usage of the Brit-English (?) word 
"geezer" with some friends yesterday. Is it still in use? To my ear, it belongs 
in 'Sixties Pinter, but my sense of it is that it must still be around - 
because I can't think of another expression that quite does what it does. Who 
(what?) better than this learned assembly to shed light on my eastern 

Alok Rai
Delhi University
Delhi, India

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