Major Antedating of "Cold War"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 29 18:23:02 UTC 2002

The term "cold war" is commonly said (in Safire's New Political
Dictionary, for example) to have been introduced by Bernard Baruch in a
1947 speech ghosted by Herbert Bayard Swope.  Sources propounding this
assertion neglect the fact that the OED has a 1945 usage by George Orwell.

I have now found a much earlier example, earlier than any possible
unpublished usage by Swope:

1938 _Nation_ 26 Mar. 345  (heading) Hitler's Cold War.

Fred Shapiro

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