Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Wed Aug 30 15:21:48 UTC 2000

>This is probably documented somewhere, but does anyone know off hand when
>"whinge" entered the language in GB?  I first heard it in the early/mid 80s,
>but I had the impression that it had been around a lot longer.
>Jessie Emerson

I think we actually had this conversation before when I was in SA (we
repeat ourselves a lot here, don't we?).  It goes back to Middle
English--OED has citations back to and fairly continuously from 1150.
This isn't a new word.


Dr M Lynne Murphy
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School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
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