Inspired by this thread in MPSIMS.
I know that some people here think that the term cow orker (or cow-orker if you prefer) is strictly an SDMB invention, but I know that I have heard it used in various other places before I even knew that this board existed.
I think that the first place I encountered the term was in one of Scott Adams’ Dilbert newsletters. Searching through the archives I found this from the Dilbert DNRC Newsletter # 17 from August of 1997.
Can anyone provide a cite for an earlier usage of cow-orker?