Collection Number: 40495

Collection Title: Connie Eble Papers, 1972-2018

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Size 13.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 11000 items)
Abstract White linguist Connie Clare Eble joined the faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971, retiring from the department in 2018. Eble is best known for her work on the slang of college students, based on data collected as part of her classes at UNC-Chapel Hill. From 1972 to 2018, students in one of her courses were asked to contribute, on index cards, slang terms in current use. Student submissions were compiled into yearly lists of current campus slang. Eble's lists are cited in the Oxford English Dictionary as the first known uses of several slang terms and phrases. Papers include index cards submitted by students, campus slang lists, and related materials.
Creator Eble, Connie C.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Cards created prior to 2000, and some later cards, include the names of the students who submitted them. These names should not be published or shared in any way without the permission of the student(s) who created the cards.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Connie Eble Papers #40495, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received January 2019 from Connie Eble (RT 20190208.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Connie Clare Eble, a white linguist in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is best known for her work on the slang of college students. From 1972 to 2018, Eble collected slang terms from her classes at UNC Chapel Hill. Students were asked to contribute, on index cards, slang terms in current use. Student submissions were compiled into yearly lists of current campus slang. Eble's lists are cited in the Oxford English Dictionary as the first known uses of several slang terms and phrases.

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Papers include index cards submitted by students, campus slang lists, and related materials.

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Contents list

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This series consists of index cards, submitted by students, of slang terms in current use. Eble's arrangement and housing of the cards have been preserved - each archival container houses multiple shoeboxes once stored in her office. Cards are arranged alphabetically within the shoeboxes.

Box 1

A1-Barthirty #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 1

Base-Bohunk #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 1

Boi-BTW #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 1

Bu-Cheezy #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 1

Box 2

Chefty-Craggy #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 2

Cram-Deal #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 2

Dean Dome-Drama #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 2

Drank-Fine Specimen #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 2

Box 3

Finesse-Frienemy #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 3

Friggin'-Ghost #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 3

Gif-Hammer #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 3

Hammered-Hook Up #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 3

Box 4

Hook-up-Izzle #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 4

J-K #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 4

L-Mape #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 4

Box 5

Marathon-Nyorkt It #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 5

O-Piehole #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 5

Pig-P2P #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 5

Q-Rustle Jimmies #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 5

Box 6

S-Shrekt #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 6

Shred Cheese-Snatch Wigs #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 6

Box 7

Snazzle-Sweave #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 7

Sweet-Tootles #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 7

Box 8

Top-UWU #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 8

V-Wikipedia #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 8

Wild-#StillNattyChamps #40495, Series: "1. Campus Slang Cards" Box 8

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Coggins, February 2019

Encoded by: Laura Smith, March 2019

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