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Query:   Sum - 'booting'
Author:  Martin Paviour-Smith
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Sociolinguistics

Summary:   Thanks to all who supplied me with the meaning of the slang term 'booting'. To date this includes the following experts:
Rich Alderson
Marc Pierce
Paul Justice
Sikozu Johnson
Kathleen Ward
Kim (from Essen University)
joel walters
David Kaiser
Jack Hall
F Baube
Kelly Vincent
Cynthia G. Clopper
Vicki White

It appears that 'booting' is a wide spread and well known American slang term for vomiting, particular when induced by excessive alcohol, dating back at least 30 years. Something known down here as spewing, chucking, chundering etc. In my own student days more spectacular and deliberate displays of this activity were known as 'pelicans' and 'helicopters'. I will leave it to your imagination.
So now my class will have a better idea of the identity these students are constructing using this term.
Martin Paviour-Smith
Massey University
New Zealand

LL Issue: 15.1606
Date Posted: 18-May-2004
Original Query: Read original query


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