[Ads-l] early "buddy"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 13 20:40:20 UTC 2016

19th C. exx.. of the now universally known "buddy" are exceedingly rare. As
"friend or comrade; (hence in direct address to a male stranger)" the term
seems to have been popularized especially during World War One; originally
it was a pet form of "brother."

So here's a good one:

1882 _Weekly Defiance_ (Atlanta, Ga.) (Oct. 24) 3: Buddie, where do you
board? --Nun yer buziniss.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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