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Joseph Hebert
03/09/06 07:12
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Okemah, Ok
United States

#111713 - Wimp.
Responding to: Jan Waclawek's previous message
Hi Jan,

Actually, a wimp is not so much effeminate as effete. I'm not certain of the etemology of the word, but I have a hypothesis as to its origin.

The earliest usage of the word that I am aware of is from the early half of the 20th century. There was a fictional character, in the comic strip Popeye, names Wimpy. My hypothesis is that the name was a derivation of the word "whimper." This is an accurate description of the character's persona, as he was always offering to "... gladly pay you tuesday for a hamburger today." Thus, he was presented as a person unable to provide for himself, completely reliant on those around him for his sustenance.

So today, a "wimp" is someone who is ineffectual, weak, lacking abilities that others take for granted. And though most who are effeminate are also effete, or wimpy, the two words mean two very different things.

List of 13 messages in thread
Do you sleep at all?      Jan Waclawek      03/08/06 23:49      
   sleep is for wimps :)      Jez Smith      03/08/06 23:52      
      And physiology?      Jan Waclawek      03/08/06 23:57      
         a wimp is an efeminate man      Jez Smith      03/09/06 00:04      
         Wimp.      Joseph Hebert      03/09/06 07:12      
            hmmmm      Jan Waclawek      03/09/06 07:21      
         Wimp ?      Steve M. Taylor      03/09/06 10:09      
   I do my best work at odd hours      Jez Smith      03/09/06 00:07      
   they have not learned      Erik Malund      03/09/06 06:36      
   Phone calls      Terry Lingle      03/09/06 06:41      
      Job requirement      Jeff Post      03/09/06 09:41      
      Suppliers?      Joseph Hebert      03/09/06 16:14      
         it surely does Joeseph      Terry Lingle      03/10/06 06:59      

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