Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Jan 31 23:14:00 UTC 2000

Greg is right for my memory. I didn't hear it as a kid, but first heard it
in the early 60's as "wussy," only later as "wuss," and assumed it was a
transparent euphemism for "pussy," which fits the sense as well as the


>In a message dated 1/31/00 4:17:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>Joe_Pickett at HMCO.COM writes:
><< My guess is that wuss began showing up in the early 70s,  >>
>I remember it being used when I was a kid in the mid '60's in eastern
>Pennsylvania.  I was called one, several times:-)
>Greg Austin

Dennis R. Preston
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