antedating of 'putz' (1885)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Jan 18 04:48:27 UTC 2004

>[As an aside, can we agree that the writer of that 1902 cite knew that
>'putz' was also slang for 'penis'?  I mean, using the word 'erection' just
>gives it away.]

I can't tell whether this is a joke or not. If I had to bet even-money, I'd
go for "he didn't know" ... but I wouldn't bet the farm.

The Nativity "putz" is usually pronounced like "puts" ... I think.

-- Doug Wilson

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