But not even the illustrious Etymology Dictionary or the venerable old Oxford English Dictionary would expound upon where in 1937 the word was first used.
So we started hunting. And had to laugh when we found our 1937 source, thanks to a blogger in the UK who has a passion for the golden age of cartoons!
Feast your eyes on this Warner Brothers’ cartoon, entitled Porky’s Railroad - first released August 7, 1937.
Take note of what Porky says at the 3:18 timestamp:
From our studies, the slang word for mouth - puss, buss, pouze, and other variations - can be found in several languages over the past two centuries. So we're sure that the word was in common use prior to this. But based on all our digging, it does indeed seem that the first use "in print" (screen print, that is) was by Warner Brothers!
And th-th-th-th-that's all folks!
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