FW: SI Cover Jinx; Ants on a Log

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Fri Jan 18 02:32:51 UTC 2002

RE what Jesse says below, i believe it is also OED policy to give the
earliest dated citation that seems reliable.

The evidence (that can be trusted) is the evidence.


Frank Abate

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of Jesse Sheidlower
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: SI Cover Jinx; Ants on a Log

> Oh c'mon Fred, stop arguing the ridiculous.  The revised OED entry
> is bad.  They didn't "pick and choose" to lead with 1904 rather than
> 1858 or 1880 or 1893.

Barry, you're not looking at the revised OED entry, you're looking
at OED2. The revised OED entry does have cites from 1858, 1904,
and 1927. If you look at the top right portion of the screen I'm
quite sure you'll see "SECOND EDITION 1989" there, with a button
labelled "LATER" that will bring you to the revised OED.

Jesse Sheidlower

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