Hitch your wagon to a star; some "pastrami"
jrader at M-W.COM
Tue Jun 29 11:24:24 UTC 1999
Merriam actually has two cites for <pastrami> from 1936. One is
from the Springfield (Mass.) Evening Union, Nov. 17, in a column "New
York Day by Day" by O.O. McIntyre (I don't know if this was
syndicated or unique to the Union):
Few celebrities of the New York parade have so completely withdrawn
from the spotlight as Alexander Woollcott. Conspicuous for years as
a dramatic critic, quondam actor and streak in the Algonquin's
literary pastrami, he is now seen but seldom.
There is also a note by Ed Artin (Merriam's longtime pronunciation
editor) dated Nov. 23, 1936, that is in effect a "field recording":
_pastrami_. Not in Web. even in its literal sense; and it is often
used in an extended sense. Yesterday over the radio the comedian (?)
Walter O'Keefe referred to the song "My Darling Clementine" as "a
piece of pastrami."
> On Sun, 27 Jun 1999 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> > PASTRAMI
> > David Shulman told me today that he found a "pastromi" citation from
> > 1927. As everyone knows, "pastrami" is our greatest etymological mystery
> > since the Reuben sandwich and the Caesar salad.
> Barry and Jim Rader,
> Barry, would you be able to post the details of Dave Shulman's 1927
> citation? Also, I notice that MW10 gives a 1936 dating for _pastrami_?
> Jim, would you be able to post the exact 1936 citation on ADS-L? Thanks
> to both of you for any help you are able to give with these requests.
> Fred R. Shapiro
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