Words: gussy, v., n. and adj.
Monday 31 May 1999
To dress up or prettify, it comes from the shortening of Augustus to Gussie, which, in Australian eyes, is an effeminate name. Although first used there at the beginning of the century, it had been around in America: something not in the OED, nor is The Front Page (1928), 12 years before its first citation as an adjective.
Up North, however, from Norwegian gosse, it means pig, real and metaphorical.
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