Date: Sat, 13 Jul 1996 19:41:17 -0500
From: Dan Goodman goodman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FREENET.MSP.MN.US
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Date: Sat, 13 Jul 1996 13:53:08 +0200
From: Even Flood even.flood[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ntub.unit.no
To: Phalbe Henriksen afn33012[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]afn.org
Cc: stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]crf.cuis.edu
Subj: !def. of ""hissy""
The word German word "hitzig" means short of temper, (as does the
Norwegian word hissig). However it seems that babies has nothing
to do with it. The prefix hitz means hot, "hitzkopf" translates directly
to hothead. So the origin is probably from there. (The German word
for hot is heiss.)
At 12:36 12.07.96 -0400, you wrote:
The word, "hissy," doesn't appear in the Shorter Oxford and all theat
Webster's Third says is [origin unknown] - Southwest - fit of temper.
We have a patron who say he believes it comes from the German, meaning a
I have no German. Is there a polyglot w+mb+t who'd like to take a stab at
this? (The derivation of the word, not the baby!)
TIA for any help you can give me.