Razzberry (1920)

Dave Wilton 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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