antedating: "raunch" (1952?)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Dec 13 20:38:11 UTC 2007

OED 1964.  Google Books:

  1952 Jeanne E. Wylie Face to Face (N.Y.: Wiliam Morrow) 17:
  The good-natured insults, the snafu and raunch and buddy-buddy and "Screw 'em
all, the long and the short and the tall," and "Gee, Mom, I wanna go home."
  It was suddenly this afternoon no longer seemly.

  Should be checked, is but entirely consistent with WWII existence of "raunchy" in the general sense of "sloppy; grubby; slipshod; dirty."


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