Left Coast

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Aug 24 17:41:34 UTC 2000

On Thu, 24 Aug 2000, William Safire wrote:

> The RHHDAS cites Lewin and Lewin 1988, which says "left coast" is
> synonymous with "West Coast." Have any of you come across the term in the
> more specific manner in which it is used above?

This doesn't address the specific meaning question, but I can give earlier
evidence for "Left Coast" than the 1988 dating in the RHHDAS:

1980 _N.Y. Times_ 6 July (Nexis)  If you're standing in Texas looking
north, as Texans frequently do, the Left Coast is where Hollywood is.

Fred Shapiro

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