gcohen at UMR.EDU
Wed Feb 2 03:47:02 UTC 2000
Dennis Preston comments concerning the appearance of slang items in
>> ...nearly every lexicographer I know admits
>that the first written citation is doubtless "years" after a word came into
------This is a very risky general rule. "Namby-pamby" originated in a
written poem and then spread to the spoken language. "Shyster" (first
spelled "shiseter") also first arose in print, based on British cant
"shiser" (= somebody worthless), ultimately from German "Scheisser."
"Skedaddle" (= run away) originated early in the American Civil War and
very quickly gained currency and appeared in print.
gcohen at umr.edu
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