Re: RARA-AVIS: Wise Guy origins?

joseph (
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 21:11:13 -0800 Folk etymology is a tricky thing, but i'll step up to the bat and take my
bean ball.

I believe that the latest use of the term wise guy is to tell others that
this guy is in the know about the mafia, a "wise" guy. Possibly a made man
or on his way. It was popularized by several gangster movies. I also
believe it became more well known via the TV series "Wiseguy."


# To unsubscribe, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
# The web pages for the list are at