Date: Sun, 17 Sep 1995 00:17:16 -0400
From: ALICE FABER faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Subject: going postal
With regard to "going postal", someone related to the most recent (or most
recent -1) episode of a former postal worker taking out his outrage by
shooting up his former post office. Unfortunately, a data-base search over the
past 10-15 years would reveal a number of episodes of this sort. I think the
expression "going postal" reflects in part a stereotype that this behavior is
much more typical of former postal workers than of former insurance
salespeople. As for dating the expression, I'm sure I heard it before 1994.
I'm also sure that I heard it first from my sister, whom I used to think of as
the source of all new expressions in English. She now works in north central
Connecticut, but before 1992 she lived in eastern NY, with extensive work
contacts (through the state office for her department) in Syracuse, NY.