antedating bitching (UNCLASSIFIED)

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sat Dec 4 01:12:44 UTC 2010

On Fri, Dec 03, 2010 at 03:08:08PM -0500, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> Not predating the other 2 I just posted, but confirming the general
> sentiment and context--/and/, this time, with a firm date! [GB full view]
> The Rotarian, Sep 1945
> Now That I'm Home. By Captain Darrel L. Brady. p. 12
>> Frankly, I'm doing what we call "bitching" in the service. You perhaps
>> are fed up with it. In the service we know it is a wholesome sign of
>> normal morale as long as the men keep "bitching." When they stop, we
>> look for trouble. So while I am at it I'll go on to air one of the
>> biggest gripes of the men doing the fighting.

For the record, OED would regard the first example in this
passage as a noun, the second as a verb.

Jesse Sheidlower

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