[Ads-l] Antedating of "Scuzzy"

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 24 18:30:12 EDT 2017


"Scuzz likewise dates to about the same time.


"'Scuzz' is the accepted term for anything unacceptable."

Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY), October 20, 1963, page 29.


The same columnist reported the existence of "scuzz ball" on September 20, 1964 ("scuzz ball" and "fink" denote utter contempt).


In 1961, a college football player went by the name "Charles 'Scuzz' Hartlaub", suggesting that the word may have been in existence at that time. Gettysburg Times, January 25, 1961, page 6.


In 1950, "children's note-size paper. Clever drawings on white background." was sold under the name, "Scuzz it Pluzz", which seems unrelated (is it supposed to suggest "sketch it please"?), but you never know. Terre Haute Star, February 9, 1950, page 3.


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