RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Feb 2005

Kerry J. Schooley wrote about hardboiled:

Colloquial. Didn't we agree on colloquial as the characteristic for hard boiled? Not that class entirely coincides with colloquial, but we're getting awfully close. So much of it is about the working stiff, or the disenfranchised. I don't think we're talking Knob Hill colloquialisms here.

************* No, we didn't agree. The Doherty definition of tough and colloquial stood hard and fast until Jack Bludis nailed his infamous "hardboiled = tough" thesis to the rara-avis door, introducing the heresy that you no longer have to be colloquial to ascend to hardboiled heaven.

Personally, I agree with both you, Kerry, and Mario, on the class issue. I think that hardboiled is predominantly class-based, but if the rich guy can pass through the eye of a needle, he can be hardboiled too.


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