NORWAY'S DELIGHT (continued)

jester at PANIX.COM jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Aug 16 12:54:20 UTC 2000

> On Wed, 16 Aug 2000 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> >    I checked OED--there's one slim "midnight sun," but I don't know
> > what Jesse has in storage.
> OED's first use is 1857.  Here's an earlier one I have found:
> 1831 F. W. Beechey _Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's
> Strait_ 335  The midnight sun ... tinges with a bright line all the
> northern circle.

And here's an earlier one yet, that I had in storage:

1827 R. Montgomery _Age Reviewed_ II. 211 All the tribe by Beazely
was outdone, Who made, for novelty, a midnight sun! The purblind
cocknies liked this wond'rous spell.

Jesse Sheidlower

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