Antedating of "Yuppie"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 27 22:37:08 UTC 2008

OED's first use of _yuppie_ is dated 1984.  Barry Popik has pushed the word back to a 1981 occurrence in the Chicago Tribune.  An earlier citation is asserted by Wikipedia:

Dan Rottenberg (May 1980). "About that urban renaissance.... there'll be a slight delay", Chicago Magazine, p. 154ff.

I have not verified the 1980 cite in the original, although the Chicago provenance seems quite plausible.

Fred Shapiro

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