A newly popular word

Mullins, Bill Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Dec 8 22:52:12 UTC 2004

Probably comes from "left wing nut" or "right wing nut".  I've seen it
applied to nuts on either side of the spectrum (along with "moonbat", which
I like better).

"Wing Nut" is also seen on discussion boards about the show "The West Wing",
and is used to describe a fan of the show.  It doesn t seem to have a
perjorative sense, there.

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> From: Rebecca Larche Moreton [mailto:mlrlm at OLEMISS.EDU]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 4:39 PM
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> Can anyone tell me what "wing-nut" means in articles on
> recent politics, and something about its use in whatever its
> meaning is there? Thanks in advance.
> Becky

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