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Posted by Masakim on January 06, 2002 at

In Reply to: Sketch/flash in the pan posted by Marian on January 06, 2002

: My kids are home from college at the moment. They say that the word 'sketch' is in use among their friends there as an adjective. So far as I can tell, it means 'questionable; may even prove unsavory upon further examination.' I asked for examples of the word's use. They gave me these:
: "We drove up to a hostel in Chicago. It was pretty sketch," one said. "What do you mean?" I asked. "It looked run-down. We weren't even sure we wanted to check it out." Another:
: "An Internet friend can be sketch."
: Is anyone familiar with this term? On a slightly different tack, could this be an example of a "flash in the pan," which, as I understand the phrase, refers to something or someone that only momentarily basks in popularity before it fades into obscurity?

From Cassell's Dictionary of Slang by Jonathon Green:
sketch adj. [1980s+] (US campus) risky, dangerous [SKETCHED OUT]
sketched adj. [1980s+] (US campus) bad, bizarre, weird [SKETCHED OUT]
sketched out adj. [198os+] (US campus) suffering paranoia due to the effects of hallucinogenic drugs; thus _sketching_, coming down from a drug-induced high. [SKETCHY ]
sketchy adj. 1 [late 19C+] flimsy, insubstantial, vague. 2 [1980s+] (US campus) confused, unstable, strange, unsettling.

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