Wuss & others

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Feb 3 19:30:10 UTC 2000

On Thu, 3 Feb 2000, Anne Lambert wrote:

> And what's the origin of "nerd"

Dr. Seuss's _If I Ran the Zoo_ (1950) has a character called the Nerd, so
some have posited this as the source of the word.  Merriam-Webster's
files, however, have a 1951 citation, I think from _Time_, that may not
have anything to do with Seuss.

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