Posted by Golda on May 15, 1998 at 21:42:18:
In response to Excuse me, but what the hell is a "wuss"? Infm, written by Constanza on May 15, 1998 at 18:52:20
I feel obligated to reply with some detail as I started the topic using the word wuss.
First let me say that I have never used it in text before and I had to look for the spelling. It was listed in a section dedicated to New English Words in Microsoft Bookshelf, e.g. infomercial. The pronunciation is a short 'u' sound, like whus.
A wuss is a wimp, and while a wuss can be considered a doormat, as in one who is stepped on by others, the term wuss is also used if you want to call someone a coward. For example, if a bunch of friends are going on a roller coaster ride, and one begs off, he may be called a wuss. In this case, he is not being stepped on because he is doing as he chooses, but he is deemed to be a coward. My last usage of wuss is difficult to define, but here's an example. One Friday night a girlfriend and I were planning what we were going to do for the remainder of the evening after a boring political fundraiser. She wanted to go to dinner to some hot spot on the upper east side (NYC), and I said we should go to the airport and find a fun place to go for the weekend (what is American Express for?). My friend said no; I called her a wuss. In this reference, it is friendly mocking.
- No - thank you! :-) Constanza 13:05:00 5/16/98 (0)
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