Posted by James Briggs on November 14, 2004
In Reply to: Fido (origin and meaning) posted by DH on November 13, 2004
: : : : : I think a fido is a coin with error: a coin with a minting error
: : : : : but also seems to be a Mid-20th century Acronym formed from freaks, irregulars, defects, and oddities, can anybody help with the date in which was first used?
: : : : : any other meanings?
: : : : Acronym finder supplies a number of other uses, and verifies freaks, etc.:
: : : : http://www.acronymfinder.com/af-query.asp?p=dict&String=exact&Acronym=FIDO
: : : : I haven't found a date of first use yet.
: : : A name for a dog of course. I do find "fido" the acronym in Webster's 1974 Collegiate Ed, which means it's been around for a good while. Coincidentally, I've experienced great difficulty in determining dates words first used; any followup on this very subject appreciated--DH
: : Dale, it seem to me that the people over at wordorigins on ezboard may be good at tracing dates. If the word is a 20th century US word newspaperarchives is good but it is difficult to use and requires a fee to get any useful accurate information
: al, Thank you kindly, I will surely try the former (cuz free)
My 1948 'American Thesaurus of Slang' gives two definitions of 'fido. One is 'a trustee (prisoner) in a prison'. The other is 'fog intensive disposal of' - probably a WW2 acronym. No origin for the prisoner version.