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Perks
06-01-2014, 05:23 AM
I don't want to invoke a linguistic anachronism. How long have people called a badass a "badass"?

la-gamine
06-01-2014, 05:32 AM
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/badass?s=t

According to this site, since 1960-65.

Perks
06-01-2014, 05:35 AM
Ha! Now you know, I learned what I needed and I learned that was a feature of dictionary.com.

Thanks! I never noticed that before.

Helix
06-01-2014, 05:39 AM
Google's Ngram Viewer is quite handy too (https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=badass&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cbadass%3B%2Cc0#t1%3B%2Cbadass%3 B%2Cc1), although some results should be treated skeptically.

Perks
06-01-2014, 05:40 AM
Where the hell have I been? I need to get around the internet a bit more.

Although, it might change me...

patskywriter
06-01-2014, 05:44 AM
I've heard black folks use the term for years and years, but usually as an adjective. I've only heard whites use the term in recent years, usually as an adverb or noun.

Helix
06-01-2014, 05:47 AM
The really time-wasting aspect of the Ngram viewer is that you can find books that contain the selected word/s. Just click on the dates under the graph.

Marlys
06-01-2014, 06:03 AM
Earliest OED citations are 1955 for adjective and 1956 for noun.

thothguard51
06-01-2014, 06:04 AM
Amazingly, my Oxford Dictionary of Slang, 2003 reissued edition, does not even list Badass... Hmmm

Lauram6123
06-02-2014, 05:13 AM
I don't want to invoke a linguistic anachronism. How long have people called a badass a "badass"?

From the Online Etymology Dictionary...

It's been around since the 1950's.

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=badass&searchmode=none