The etymology of "troubleshooter": does anyone have more information?

  1. Hey I checked World Wide Words on the offchance, and Michael Quinion has a more prosaic, but more likely answer...

  2. OED notes trouble-hunting with the same meaning, and also in the field of telephony, is attested in 1882, some 23 years before the first attestation of trouble-shooter. I wonder if there was a change of the base verb/noun based on simple association of hunting & shooting.

  3. I'll be interested to hear. This sounds like one of those well-worn folk-etymologies, but who knows

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