[Ads-l] Jockey shorts WAS: Article on "Preppy, " "Jock, " and "Wonk" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Nov 10 22:47:44 UTC 2014


At 11/10/2014 02:58 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) wrote:
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>OED has 1951 for jockey shorts
>_Cornell Daily Sun_ 13 May 1936 p 6
>"Jockey Shorts . . . . . . 50ยข"
>[advertisement for The Kollegetown Shop]

So the origin is shorts ("under-drawers", in 
OED-ese) for jocks, not shorts for 
jockeys?  Inferred from 
"Kollegetown".  (Apparently Kollege Town Sports 
is still in existence, but if it's a successor it has inserted a space.)

Joel


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> > Subject:      Article on "Preppy," "Jock," and "Wonk"
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> > In the November/December 2014 issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine, my
> > regular=  column treats the origin of the words "preppy," "jock," and
> > "wonk":
> >
> > http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/articles/3988/preppy-jock-and-wonk
> >
> > In this column I discuss my long-standing theory that the three words
> > all o= riginated in a tripartite classification of Harvard students,
> > although I ha= ve now found that the earliest evidence for "jock" comes
> > from Princeton ins= tead of Harvard.
> >
> > I have posted most of the citations in this column previously on ADS-L,
> > but=  one point I have not yet made on this list is that the earliest
> > citation f= or "preppy," which I previously sourced to the Yale Daily
> > News, Nov. 24, 19= 51, actually turns out not to be an issue of the
> > Yale Daily News, but rathe= r to be a parody of the YDN produced by the
> > Harvard Crimson.
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
> > Editor
> > YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS (Yale University Press)
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