Loogie (1985)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 3 15:21:11 UTC 2006

Baseball's had an acronymic "loogy" for a few years now:


  At least it seems to be a genuine acronym....


Dave Wilton <dave at WILTON.NET> wrote:
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Subject: Loogie (1985)

In the sense of a wad of phlegm, HDAS has 1988:

San Francisco Chronicle, 27 April 1985, "A Sci-Fi Horror Surprise," p. 38:
"In the middle of a French kiss, she slips a killer loogie into his face."

(Technically, this article uses "loogie" to refer to a phlegm-like alien
creature, not a wad of human phlegm, but the writer assumes the readers know
what a loogie is.)

I'm sure earlier citations are out there. I recall the term from my high
school days several years before this.

I've also found several much earlier citations of "Loogie" being used as a
nickname. The reference in these cases is unclear.

--Dave Wilton
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