[Ads-l] antedating (I think) "flyboy" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri May 6 13:24:29 UTC 2016

It seems that Jon has neglected the finest slang dictionary ever published, the Historical Dictionary of American Slang, which has a 1937 citation for this term.  I forget the name of the editor, but I believe he is actually a participant on this listserv.

Fred Shapiro

From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL>
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Subject: Re: antedating (I think) "flyboy" (UNCLASSIFIED)


1940 Milton Caniff in _Salt Lake Tribune_ "Terry and the Pirates" (Oct. 20) page number undetermined

"What's curlin' your eyebrows, fly-boy?"


> 1942 Milton Caniff in _Sunday Oregonian_ (Portland, O.) (Aug. 16) 102:

> Imagine that fly-boy having my induction authorization with him.


> JL


> --

> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."




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