(Fwd) Re: Wuss & others
Joanne M. Despres
jdespres at MAIL.M-W.COM
Fri Feb 4 11:13:46 UTC 2000
Fred Shapiro wrote me privately to ask if Merriam-Webster's files
contained evidence earlier than 1981 for _wuss_.
Sorry to say, the earliest citation we have for the word is from a
1983 source (quoted below, for what it's worth):
"Arthur Duffy is the office worker's Everyman, a cartoon hero
struggling through the complex byways of American business.
'When the company is teetering on the edge of failure, Duffy comes
through', [his creator Bruce] Hammond says. 'It's the little things, like getting the
faucet to work, that are tripping up Duffy. Duffy really is a wuss.
He doesn't realize how noble he is'."
Martie Barnes, Associated Press, "Duffy"
ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS May 15, 1983
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