[Ads-l] antedating "scam," "sicko," and "sick."

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 23 15:56:18 UTC 2022

OED: 1963; 1977

1958 Orville H.Hampton & Mark Hanna   _Jet Attack_  (film): What a scam!
These crazy sicko fellas really bug me!

As for"sick," OED seems not to include the nuance "(of an action or
circumstance) thoroughly depraved or disgusting."

Same movie, 1958: "This is sick, man!"

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

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