juvenile delinquent

Wed Jan 3 20:16:14 UTC 2001

Tim Frazer asks: "What is the earliest citation anyone can give me of
"juvenile delinquent"? I am guessing late 1940s, but I want to be on
firmer ground."

1825:   Meeting of the Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Delinquents.
[held to open the House of Refuge]  . . . a group of young vagrants
of both sexes, was introduced by Messrs Hays, Conklin and other peace
officers.  Their destitute situation, being without shoes, stockings,
and other necessary covering, and their vacant and squalid
countenances, the combined result of poverty and ignorance, of
idleness and vicious examples. . . .    Commercial Advertiser, January
4, 1825, p. 2, col. 2

The House of Refuge was what is not called a "juvy", for JUVEnile
detention center.  When I first heard "juvy" I heard it as "judy",
thinking it was for JUvenile DEtention center.  Is "judy" used at

By the way, the referent of "their", as in "their vacant and squalid
countenances", &c. is the young vagrants, not the cops.


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