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3 comments on this post.
  1. Ross Presser:

    There’s a lone 19th occurence of moonbat:

    The helmsman downward turned a troubled glance,
    And muttered: ‘Gods! I would he kept his dreams
    Unto himself, and let not me have them!
    Old moonbat! hath got off the peg of reason.’

    This sort of seems like the right context, even.

  2. MarkB:

    Wikipedia claims a ‘moonbat’ reference in 1996, although it’s behind a paywall.

  3. Judy:

    My husband tells me he first heard “wing-nut” for both right wing and liberal usage as part of Mad Magazine satire (1960s?) on how to build a political machine. Evidently it included planks, and screws as well as a reference about “who gets the shaft.” I have been unable to find the original source, but I would love to read it.

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