Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday's Random slang-o-rama: Jacket (--not what you think!--) and Left Coast Crime

Today's slang may look like an ordinary, run-of-the-mill word, but you might be surprised! In this case, it appears as an adjective. I'll give you the tick of a clock to think about it. (Hint: consider the properties of a wearable jacket of the routine variety.)


Okay! Here we go! I confess this was a strange one to me, but this is what Americanisms, Old and New has to say:

Jacket—"He proceeded home by a jacket way," is a peculiar usage and essentially American, the meaning being that the road is round-about. It is difficult to imagine what connection there is in this case between the word and the idea conveyed by it, except it be that a jacket surrounds or goes about the body, the transition being then little more than a hop, step, and a jump.
Seems to me that Americanisms provides a jacket definition of the term! ;-)
... Speaking of taking to the road, I am on my way to Reno, Nevada, for the annual Left Coast Crime convention! I'll be in a couple of panels and also reading from A Dying Note. Here's where you can find me and when:
  • Thursday, 9 a.m. -  Speed Dating with buddy Janet Finsilver  — Nugget 1
  • Friday, 3:20 p.m. – Reading from A Dying Note (6th book in the Silver Rush Series, which should be available at LCC!) … Attendees will receive chocolate and my undying gratitude for showing up! — Cascade 3-5
  • Saturday, 1:30 p.m. - Moderating “I’ve Got the World on a String: Setting as Character” with panelists John Billheimer, Baron R. Birtcher, Christine Carbo, and Robert D. Kidera — Sierra 4
  • Sunday, 9 a.m. – Panelist on “You Are My Sunshine: The Great Outdoors” moderated by Pamela Beason and with authors Judy Copek, Margaret Mizushima, and Mark Stevens — Sierra 2
And a-wandering he goes, in a jacket and by a jacket way. (Der Wanderer im Schwarzwald by Hans Thoma, 1891)


Liz said...

Wish we could access records of the dictionary. Just mentioned Emily Arsenault's The Broken Teaglass, which introduced me to lexicography in a much more fun way than Boswell.

Ann Parker said...

Hi Liz!
Trying to catch up from being away...
Oooooh! I've heard of Emily Arsenault. Sounds like I should check out The Broken Teaglass. :-)
By "records of the dictionary," do you mean (for instance) being able to access Webster's 1828, 1847,1867 etc.?
The Online Etymology Dictionary is a lot of fun:

Liz said...

Broken Teaglass starts with a new college graduate collating information on word usage for inclusion in a new edition of a dictionary. I assume the book sets out the precomputer process and would love to rummage through those old file cabinets.