Origin of "hobo" (1888); "Hot dog" and "pants" (1870, 1886)

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Jun 28 16:11:57 UTC 2006

I am absolutely certain, notwithstanding the lack of
evidence, that the 1894 Atlanta Constitution article on
effete do's among football players must have been refering
to the OPPONENTS of the University of Georgia team.

Go, 'Dawgs!


---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 10:59:56 -0400
>From: George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Origin of "hobo" (1888); "Hot dog" and "pants"
(1870, 1886)
. . . .
>The first appearances of "Weary Willie" seem to have meant
an effete man, such as is often encountered in better social
realms.  It was in the Atlanta Constitution of November 22,
1894, p. 4, in an article on long-haired football players,
complaining that there was these days 3 varieties of
football: the American Beauty, the Weary Willie & the Pond
Lily -- none of which sound as if they would please the
present crop of U. of Georgia fans. It seemed that the first
occurence of Weary Willie in the sense of tramp was in the
Atlanta Constitution of March 8, 1896, p. 5.
>George A. Thompson

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