Word “ralph” coming back into style

Saturday, May 5th, 2001 - 5:55 pm PDT

After over a decade of disuse, the word “ralph” used to describe a long, loud belch, has unexpectedly returned to mainstream popularity. “This is something we’ve seen coming on the horizon for some time now,” noted Dr. Yebec Chedyl a respected linguist from the University of Detroit in Birmingham. “You know, I was quite fond of ‘ralph’,” commented The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith wistfully, “and was sad to see it become so very unhip around the close of the 80s.” He paused for a moment and then ralphed.