[Ads-l] klutz before 1959?

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 1 01:59:02 EDT 2017

On Apr 30, 2017 9:05 PM, "James A. Landau" wrote:

On Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:50:47 Zone + 0000 Stephen Goranson wrote:

Things are more complicated than you indicate.

Aren't they always?

"Klutz" is a surname.  According to Wikipedia
"Kl├╝tz (or "Kluetz") is a surname and a town in the Nordwestmecklenburg
district, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany"

and as a cross-check I Googled "David Klutz" and found 382,000 hits.

It is possible that Pat Frank, rather than employing the slang meaning of
"klutz", decided that his character needed a surname that was both German
and exotic-sounding and a quick look at a phone directory turned up "Klutz"
which fits both requirements.

- Jim Landau

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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