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Posted: 06 May 2012 03:40 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Beer pong, Greenpeace, and Watergate

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Posted: 06 May 2012 06:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Dorothy, n. More fully friend of Dorothy, this is a slang term for a gay man, after Judy Garland’s character in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

I think this is misleading.  Dorothy is not a short form of friend of Dorothy, they are two different expressions used differently.  “Dorothy” is used as a form of nickname address or reference to a particular gay man, as in the OED’s “When’s Dorothy and Toto getting here with the chest of drawers?” The phrase friend(s) of Dorothy refers to gay men as a group, or a single gay man as a representative of that group ("He’s a friend of Dorothy [if you know what I mean]"), without regard to the individuality of the person under discussion.  This should become clear if you try to imagine talking about gay men as “Dorothys.”

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Posted: 06 May 2012 07:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Scammer, meaning “con man” appears in Life Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 2, July 12, 1963, page 66:

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“I’m the greatest scammer in the business,” says Steve. (That means con man.)

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http://books.google.com/books?id=K1IEAAAAMBAJ&q=scammer#v=snippet&q=scammer&f=false

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I have a feeling it may be found still earlier.

[ Edited: 06 May 2012 02:00 PM by sobiest ]
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Posted: 07 May 2012 04:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks. I’ve complete redone the lines on Dorothy. It seems also that friends of Dorothy doesn’t come along for another decade, so just Dorothy is not a clipping as I had thought.

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