Friday, May 20, 2016
"Hey, man!" "Say, man!" "Oh, man!" "Man, oh, man!"
I wondered where the term "man" originated when used in those ways.
When I wondered aloud to my fount-of-knowledge, he said, "Oh, it's from black jazz musicians who were tired of being referred to as boys!"
I screaked, "HOW would you know that?"
"I just know things, MAN!"
When I persisted, he challenged, "Just look it up, MAN!"
Oftentimes, I don't know whether he is putting me on, just being quick-witted, or a combination of both. I have researched for an hour and have found nothing to substantiate his assertion.
When he reads this, he might--or might not--tell me HOW he knows! Man, oh man!