dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Nov 5 08:09:29 UTC 2002
> Nobody remembers that I recently searched for both
> "Razzberry" and "Bronx Cheer" in NEW YORK TIMES full text? A
> month or two ago, and EVERYBODY forgets?
> I'd posted "razzberry" from 1921, but here's a year
> earlier from the American Periodical Series online database.
> April 1920, OVERLAND MONTHLY AND OUT WEST MAGAZINE, pg._011 (??):
> _Omnipotent Tradition_
> College Tale With a Moral
> "But Dick," hinted the man holding Bob's arms, "the kid is
> a game and a clean fighter. Let's not be too hard on him."
> "Razzberry," roared the husky sophomore with the numeral
> sweater, who still retained a tenacious grip upon Nick's coat
> collar, "we've got to show these youths that rules are rules."
Mathews has "razzberry" from 1918, and the sense is definitely the Bronx
Cheer sound rather than an euphemistic expletive: "The razzberry was
deafening, and he had an omelet hung on his ear." _Liberty_, 11 Aug 1918
Still not as old as the 1890 "raspberry" in the OED though.
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