mucker = 'young townie' (1874)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Wed Aug 31 07:22:56 UTC 2005

On Wed, 31 Aug 2005 03:06:20 -0400, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:

>OED3 has "mucker" = 'young townie' from 1893 (in _Harvard Stories_).

_Harvard Stories_ is also the source of the first (and only) cite given
for "muckerdom" = '(the world of) townies'.

Harvard Crimson, Oct 7, 1884
The college yard is fast becoming a grand playground for Cambridge infant
Harvard Crimson, Nov 6, 1884
The band, it is perhaps needless to say, kept to its usual high standard
of merit, and met with the universal approval of muckerdom, which was
extremely well represented along the route.

--Ben Zimmer

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