Stroppy
Posted: 24 March 2011 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]
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What is the origin of “stroppy” (meaning annoyed and obstinate, if it’s a Rightpondian expression) and its derivative “strop” (noun, as in “having a strop” and verb, meaning “being stroppy").

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Posted: 24 March 2011 11:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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To my surprise it’s an abbreviated form of obstreperous.  First cite in OED is this one:

1951 H. Hastings Seagulls over Sorrento ii. i, in Plays of Year IV. 76 There ain’t nothing clever about answering him back and being stroppy.

The back-formation strop (no relation to strop meaning strip or band) has an earliest cite of 1970.

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Posted: 24 March 2011 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Definitely Rightpondian, by the way.

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Posted: 24 March 2011 08:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Notice the OED has a ? before “obstreperous”.

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Posted: 24 March 2011 10:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks, Eliza, I missed that.

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