Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 16:23:19 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: skell yet again At 04:06 PM 1/14/98 -0500, you (Pat Courts ) wrote: >["Skel(l)"] seems to have originated, and is most commonly used by the NYPD. In >Albany we usually would refer to such persons as "mutts".... > >So now, what about "mutts"? > FWIW, OED2's first cite for "mutt" is 1901. OED says it's originally US slang meaning stupid or worthless person (short for "mutton-head"). It says the common application of "mutt" to animals is derivative (first cite, 1904). Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]