antedating bitching (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Fri Dec 3 19:30:16 UTC 2010

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OED sense bitch v2 Derivatives "bitching" n 1953

_California Tech_ [student newspaper of California Institute of
Technology] Vol L #23 4/14/1949 p 2 col 6
"John Rogers, however, was at said Theatre Party with Barbie, whom he as
fascinated *(26) with his incessant bitching about the njustices [sic]
of this cruel world." ["*(26)" is a footnote in the original text]

OED sense bitching A.2. adj expressing admiration 1957

_Life_ 10/28/1957 p. 111 col 2

"The book tells how Gidget learned the difficult art of surfboarding --
catching the "bitchen wetbacks" (big waves) and "shooting the curls"
(riding the surf) without "getting the ax" (falling under a breaker)."

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