SI Cover Jinx; Ants on a Log

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 17 12:39:50 UTC 2002

On Thu, 17 Jan 2002 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    The 1858 cite is also noted as "1857" in the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL
> DICTIONARY.  The 1880 AND cite and the 1893 Periodicals Contents Index
> hit (both before 1904) weren't used.

Just as the OED does not include every term and phrase from the English
language and other languages, it also does not include every early
citation.  Beyond the earliest use they can find, they pick and choose a
small number of other citations that they think are illustrative of the
word's usage.  They probably intentionally avoid just repeating all the
citations from other historical dictionaries.

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Public Services     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  and Lecturer in Legal Research            Yale University Press,
Yale Law School                             forthcoming
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