Negative Nancies and other related musings

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Tue Mar 23 14:34:07 UTC 2010

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Subject: Re: Negative Nancies and other related musings

> There's also Debbie Downer from comparatively recent seasons of Saturday
> Night Live. That name has spread beyond the character, at least in my
> family: I've heard my parents refer to one consistently negative person by
> that name. A quick search shows other non-SNL attestations:
> Neal

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