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Wed Oct 26 22:38:19 UTC 2005
I just came across (still cleaning this mess of a home, under orders of new
occupant) TRUE, November 1966, pg. 92, col. 2: "It stems from the Hawaiian
word 'Kukai' which means excrement. Surfers picked up the term and applied it to
troublemakers and hangers-on who never went near the water. Its popularity
spread and it now denotes all offbeats and deadbeats."
Interesting, but I'll still go with "cuckoo."
[prob. abbrev. of _CUCKOO_
uckoo&ps=a.) a. or _CUCKOO_
d=cuckoo&ps=n.) n. 3.]
1. A cranky, crazy, or eccentric person. Freq. attrib. or as adj.
1960 Daily Mail 22 Aug. 4/5 A kook, Daddy-O, is a screwball who is ‘gone’
farther than most. 1963 Time 4 Oct. 37 ‘Don't think that just because he
talked about those way-out rockets he's a kook,’ cautioned a fellow officer.
1964 Economist 28 Nov. 969/2 Thousands of ‘beatniks, kooks, and crackpots’.
1965 _J. POTTS_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-p3.html#j-potts)
Only Good Secretary (1966) ii. 26 Max is kind of a kook. He paints these kooky
pictures. 1968 _MRS. L. B. JOHNSON_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-j.html#mrs-l-b-johnson) White House Diary 18 Jan. (1970) 623 Mrs.
Hughes..said..‘I think that anybody who takes pot because there is a war on is a kook.’
1968 N.Y. Times 26 Mar. 32 ‘Has it ever occurred to you that the kook
market has grown?’ said a United States auto executive when asked to explain the
growing sales of foreign cars. 1970 E. R. JOHNSON God Keepers (1971) xv. 166
It's a kook clique all right. It's..a happy place. That's kooks to you cops.
1971 Black World June 67/1 These marchers were all probably a bunch of kooks
like Harry always said. 1973 Publishers Weekly 25 June 68/1 A bona fide
kook who is never quite able to get in gear till he finally dies paddling his
canoe across the Atlantic.
2. orig. U.S. A novice, or one who is inexpert, in surf-riding. Also
1961 in Amer. Speech (1962) XXXVII. 150. 1966 Surfer VII. 9 This letter is
to protest about dumb kook girls out in the water. Ibid. 17 All most of
[these surfers] are is a bunch of loud-mouthed kooks who come down here and
clutter up the beach. Ibid. 39 Malibu..was also the birthplace of the ‘kook box’,
that monstrosity known as the poor man's paddle board. 1971 Studies in
English (Univ. of Cape Town) II. 25 The reason for this reticence is that surfers
wish to differentiate themselves from kooks, who surf badly.
_SAMPLING OF SLANG, TEEN-AGE AND UP_
New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Feb 28, 1960. p. SM94 (1
_kook._ One who is cuckoo; a nut.
_Article 7 -- No Title; Cool--and Dedicated _
JOHN FINK. Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963). Chicago, Ill.: Nov 12, 1960.
p. C6 (2 pages)
...some call "kooks"--strange in look and behavior--...
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