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Wed Jun 19 19:53:12 UTC 2002

        I noticed that the nominally updated appeal for "to give someone one" (=sex) doesn't recognize my antedating to Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe ("I heard the minx remark, She'd meet him after dark Inside St. James's Park And give him one").

        "Machinable" (capable of being processed by machine) is now antedated to 1957.  Here's an antedating to 1920:  "while all the 400,000 pounds of brass rods which the vendor delivered, except this 27,504 pounds, were readily machined, this remnant was not thus machinable."  Century Electric Co. v. Detroit Copper & Brass Rolling Mills, 264 F. 49, 51 (8th Cir. 1920).

        "Muggins" (card game) asks for any information.  Here's what appears to be an 1881 cite, though it refers to dice rather than cards:  "By act approved March the 5th, 1881, and which takes effect ninety days after adjournment, that body passed an amendment to articles 364 and 365 of the Penal Code, which amendment provides: 'If any person shall bet or wager * * * money or anything of value * * * at any of the following games, viz., poker dice, jack pot, high dice, low dice, low die, dominoes, euchre with dominoes, poker with dominoes, sett with dominoes, muggins, crack-loo, crack or loo, or at any game of any character whatever which can be played with dice or dominoes, or on any table, bank, or alley by whatsoever name the same may be known, and without reference to how the same may be constructed or operated, he shall be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars; provided, no person shall be indicted under this section for playing any of said games with dice or dominoes at a private residence.'"  Whitney v. State, 10 Tex. App. 377 (Tex. Ct. App. 1881).

John Baker

-----Original Message-----
From: Jesse Sheidlower [mailto:jester at PANIX.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: OED appeals list

On Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 02:31:42PM -0400, James A. Landau wrote:
> The OED Appeals List (at URL http://www.oed.com/public/readers/appeal.htm) is
> requesting citations on the following terms, all of which have been discussed
> on ADS-L in the past year or so:

Many of these entries are out of date and should have been removed or
updated; I'm not sure why this wasn't done. Barry has posted much
earlier examples of _Beef Wellington,_ for example, that we have at
OED but were not mentioned in this appeals list. (Many of the terms on
that list were from older appeals, by the way.)

Jesse Sheidlower

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