Muppet (1955)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Mon Jan 3 09:14:38 UTC 2005

Muppet (OED3 1970)

1955 _Washington Post_ 15 May J3/4 Mac is also high in his praise of Jim
Henson, the manipulator of the "Muppets." A young University of Maryland
student, Henson works out the puppet acts "just by sitting down and
thinking for a few moments."
[Referring to WRC-TV's show "Afternoon" --
see: <>]

1956 _Washington Post_ 10 Jun. J1/4 On "Footlight Theater," Arnold uses
his talent for character creation to work with Jim Henson's "Muppets." (A
"Muppet" is a kind of puppet.)

1956 _Washington Post_ 2 Sep. G3/2 A "muppet," according to Henson, is a
cross between a hand puppet and a stick puppet. Henson thought up the term
"muppet" in order "to have something distinctive."

--Ben Zimmer

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