[Ads-l] bossy pants/bossypants

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 12 16:24:19 UTC 2020

Not in the OED or Merriam-Webster.

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bossy_pants <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bossy_pants>) has labeled as informal.

The Spectator, vol 256, apparently 1986, has it twice
https://tinyurl.com/yytg8xcm <https://tinyurl.com/yytg8xcm>

Having quite successfully built up the impression of Mrs Thatcher as a petulant bossy pants who cannot bear to lose even on a single relatively minor issue…

When people understand what [Mrs Thatcher] is up to, they regard her as a great leader; when they don’t, she is a bossy pants. 

Benjamin Barrett (he/his/him)
Formerly of seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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