Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 11:36:00 CDT
From: Randy Roberts robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EXT.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: with a bullet
I have checked in the cite files of Peter Tamony and Clarence Barnhart
held here in Missouri. Each has a number of examples of bullet used
in this sense from the mid-1970s to early 1980s. Includes examples of
bulleting to the top and bulleted at the top, etc. The earliest
example, however, is from Tom Wolfe's THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE
FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY of 1965. Tamony lifted a quote from page 62:
"His latest record, 'You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin',' by the
Righteous Brothers, rose from the 70's to No. 37 with a 'bullet'
beside it ----- meaning 'going up fast'." Sorry, but I don't see
anything which addresses the origin of the phrase.
University of Missouri-Columbia
robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ext.missouri.edu