Goody Two-Shoes (1924)

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Mon Jun 26 14:03:26 UTC 2006

"Bug" is a 19th/early 20th century slang term for fan, esp. sports fans. In
this case, it means fight fans, but could be used more generally.

--Dave Wilton
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From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of
Wilson Gray
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Subject: Re: Goody Two-Shoes (1924)

What's the meaning of "bugs" in the cite? Fight fans?


On 6/25/06, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:
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> There are lots of earlier references to the character and the 18th century
> book. Not so many in purely figurative use. HDAS has 1934 (in W10).
> Los Angeles Times, 30 May 1924, "Callahan Defeated By Adams," p. 9:
> "The two showed much brotherly affection in the first and second round
> thereby bringing a Kansas tornado of yips and catcalls from the angered
> fans. Hollywood bugs brook no Goody-Two-Shoes bouts."
> --Dave Wilton
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