antedating (?) "ass bandit"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 25 04:59:07 UTC 2014

On Sun, May 25, 2014 at 12:20 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at>wrote:

> 1.  'an eager seducer of young women --usu. considered vulgar'
> [first cite from Ellson, _Owen Harding_, 1954]

True. But the question is whether we know that it meant the same thing - or
something close enough for government work - to zoomies of the USAAF,
During The War.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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