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Alpha male and alpha female

Posted by Ward on November 10, 2004

The Goddess chastised us in the thread below about alpha male behavior over the concept vacuum. As usual, she's right, and we were both alpha male and obsessive scientist in some of the nitpicking.
But when was the first use of alpha male as a category? Did it apply first to gorillas and wild primates, or was it in general use applied to human behavior in the past?
Third question --- are word geeks really alpha males? Wow.