Word Origins, Anybody?
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Sat Feb 19 22:10:42 CST 2005
>February 19, 2005
Since you asked
Whats all the suss about?
Ive heard the word "sus" several times recently. The first time I thought
maybe I heard it wrong. From the context, I think Ive figured out it means
"check out," "surmise," "figure out," "analyze" or "discover." But does
anybody know where it comes from?
Daniel N., Central Point
You have the meaning, Daniel, and its spelled with a double "s."
The origin is pretty simple. The word first turned up in the early 1950s in
England, where it was used by cops and crooks as slang for the verb
"suspect" in much the same way that "perp" would come to be used for
By the 60s, suss was widely used in the U.K. It had turned up on our side
of the Atlantic by the 1970s. The Whos 1969 rock opera "Tommy" may be
responsible. It contains the line, "Ive got you sussed."
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