Not a teddy bear

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Sep 13 16:43:24 UTC 2010

I believe no one has mentioned koala "bears."  When my sister and I were small children (c1950) we each had a real stuffed koala (sent or brought as gifts from relations way across the ocean somewhere), and we regarded them as teddy bears.


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Monday, September 13, 2010 11:44 AM

The idea that a taxidermist's full-sized, stuffed bear might seriously be
designated a "teddy bear" is so far out that I never even thought of the

Stuffed real bear: not a teddy.
Stuffed toy bear of any description I can reasonably imagine: teddy.


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