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2 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.

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