etymology of "wannabe"
Harold F. Schiffman
haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Tue Feb 15 14:01:12 UTC 2000
What's the problem here? Isn't wannabe derived from "want to be" i.e.
somebody who wants to be something/someone they're not? Isn't this what
is meant by an etymology? I can't give a first attestation, but surely
this is a no-brainer?
On Tue, 15 Feb 2000 samuels at anthro.umass.edu wrote:
> Dear Benjamin,
> Certainly "wannabe" is used by Native Americans, sometimes with the
> emphasis on the second syllable to make it sound like the name of an exotic
> tribe. (Like the Hakawe tribe in "F-Troop," known in non-tv circles as the
> "Fakawe.") Usually used to refer to whites cathected to Indian
> spirituality, in my experience.
> That's not an etymology, of course...
> David W. Samuels
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> wot 2 be got 2 be
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