antedating WUSS

Jesse T Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Feb 7 20:58:16 UTC 2000

> I think we would all do well to check with Connie on all such questions! She
> is amazing.

Even for those who do not normally get Connie's slang collections, many
words can be checked against the list at the back of her wonderful
book, _Slang and Sociability._ Connie very helpfully records the
earliest date in her student collections of each term in the glossary.
I don't know if _wuss_ is included--I would have checked but don't
have access to my copy here--but it is always an important place to
start for words having any potential student slang use.

Jesse Sheidlower
Oxford English Dictionary
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