[Ads-l] to rage-quit

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 12 11:15:59 EST 2022

There seems to be a Usenet message from November 2000 containing "rage
quits" with the desired sense. Google has reorganized the Usenet
archive, and that has made it much harder to use. In the past you
could look at the full original message with all the headers. Now the
view is restricted. You cannot see the headers.

Usenet Message
Newsgroup: alt.tv.seinfeld
Subject: List of Episodes
Poster: Bejaz
Timestamp: Nov 6, 2000, 3:00:00 AM


[Begin excerpt]
George in a fit of rage quits his job and then tries to return by
pretending that the incident never happened.
[End excerpt]

I've heard "rage quit" employed in the computer gaming domain for many
years. I conjecture that it began in that domain, but the instance
above is in another domain. I suspect earlier instances can be found
in Usenet computer gaming groups.


On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 10:32 AM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 10:11 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-rage-quits-npr-interview-110147973.html
> I recall the term crossing my radar in 2013:
> https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/Modern-Parenthood/2013/1001/Government-shutdown-is-no-game-Congress-rage-quits
> "Government shutdown is no game: Congress 'rage quits'"
> Wordspy (in an entry from 2015) notes that it appeared as early as 2005 in
> Urban Dictionary.
> https://wordspy.com/index.php?word=ragequit
> --bgz
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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