[Ads-l] Additional Antedating of "Butch" (Lesbian)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jul 30 17:15:57 UTC 2017

butch (lesbian) (OED 1954)

1947 _Vice Versa_ Nov. 9 (Archives of Sexuality & Gender)  Has it ever occurred to you, my sisters, that the names by which we call ourselves lack dignity?  I refer to "butch" and "fluff" and such.  They are such slangish words, yet we have no better.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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