Goody Two-Shoes (1924)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jun 26 14:36:14 UTC 2006

The distinction is that "bug" used to be a routine synonym for (sports) fan, and sportswriters frequently referred to "the bugs" in the plural.  That doesn't seem to happen anymore.

  (Or, "Anymore, that doesn't seem to happen."  Is that correct?)


Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
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Seems to me I still hear (or have heard, or could
hear), "He's a Trivial Pursuit bug"; or "She's a Harry
Potter bug." Am I archaic? Idiolectal? Idiotic?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 07:03:26 -0700
>From: Dave Wilton
>Subject: Re: Goody Two-Shoes (1924)

>"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
> dave at

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