etymology of "wannabe"

Karen Paik karen.paik at
Tue Feb 15 20:31:27 UTC 2000

As a child who grew up in the suburbs of Southern California during the
80's, I remember the term "wannabe"'s debut into schoolyard
parlance/taunts from the manufacturing of "wannabe dolls": policeman,
firefighter, nurse, etc.

Needless to say, this line of toys did not last long :)


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