george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Tue Dec 18 17:04:41 UTC 2001
I don't mean to move in on Barry's turf, but here is an early citation
for a food word. I see that the OED has citations for "mocha" from
1773, 1819 and 1871, all from English sources.
"Saunder's Divan, in Broadway, near Liberty-street, is really a
most comfortable lounge. Most delicious mocha, distilled on a new
principle all that the amateur can wish to revel upon in choice old
gems of paintings the late periodicals the leading daily journals
ottomans sofas chess and backgammon dos amigos, &c., together
with a peep through the jalousies at the panorama of beauty and fashion
in Broadway, all for a quarter of a dollar."
Evening Star, September 27, 1834, p. 2, col. 2
I notice also that the OED has citations from 1766, 1824, 1833 and 1851
for "jalousie", all from English sources, as well as several cites from
Elizabethan Italian-English dictionaries.
I do not know what "dos amigos" means in this context. A game, like
chess and backgammon, perhaps? I didn't check it in OED.
The "Divan" was an up-scale barber-shop.
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.
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