Word: affluenza

Christopher Philippo toff at MAC.COM
Thu Dec 12 19:50:51 UTC 2013

*  Dunn, William. "Poor Little Rich Kids Plagued By 'Affluenza.'" Chicago Tribune. March 13, 1986. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-03-13/features/8601190090_1_affluenza-wealth-grow
*  Mills, Marja. "Who Coins New Words? Tracing One Back To The Big Bang." Chicago Tribune. April 10, 2001. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-04-10/features/0104100032_1_new-world-college-dictionary-dictionary-editors-term

John Levy attributed the word “affluenza” to Fred Whitman, who in turn claimed to have come up with it around 1954.  No mention of a published use of it earlier than John Levy’s is made in Mills’ 2001 article.

Christopher K. Philippo

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