Tuna (1866?); Gerritsen Collection Online
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Mon Nov 4 17:21:01 UTC 2002
In a message dated 11/3/02 1:19:50 AM Eastern Standard Time, Bapopik at AOL.COM
> Andy Smith asked about "tuna" and if I could beat 1881.
from the making of America database
Resources of the Pacific slope : a statistical and descriptive summary of the
mines and minerals, climate, topography, agriculture, commerce ... of the
states and territories west of the Rocky Mountains / by J. Ross Browne ; with
a sketch of the settlement and exploration of Lower California / [by A.S.
Browne, J. Ross (John Ross), 1821-1875.
678, 200 p. ; 24 cm.
New York :
"The fruit of the tarajo is similar to the tuna (prickly pear)..."
"The tuna, or gigantic fruit-bearing cactus..."
> I've been reading books on Mediterranean travels since coming back from
> Malta. See A VOYAGE TO CADIZ AND GIBRALTAR, UP THE MEDITERRANEAN TO SICILY
> AND MALTA IN 1810 & 1811 (London: F. Harding, 1815) by Lt. Gen. Cockburn,
> two volumes. Volume Two, pages 292-295, has a chapter called "The Tunny
> The NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN'S LETTERS AND DIARIES database has:
> "Why we had some very nice Aku (tuna), it tasted so good,--we all enjoyed
> going to bed that night really _maona_ (stuffed)."
> Letter from Kaleleonalani, Queen of the Hawaiian Islands, February 14, 1866
> In THE VICTORIAN VISITORS: AN ACCOUNT OF THE HAWAIIAN KINGDOM 1861-1866 (
> Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1958), pg. 351.
> I have to check the original. That "(tuna)" could have been added much
> later by the editors, but "Aku" is still useful.
> The NEW YORK TIMES had lots of "tuna" hits before 1881. To reduce it,
> added "fish." Still, I didn't find a pre-1881 "tuna." I got the same bad "
> matches" that I got on "jazz" and "dude." Fred Shapiro can re-check if I
> missed a good hit...I think the "tuna" matches were really "tons."
> GERRITSEN COLLECTION ONLINE
> What we have here is a fine collection with a bad search engine.
> THE COOK is here. So is MISS BEECHER'S DOMESTIC RECEIPT BOOK (1846)
> THE CAROLINA HOUSEWIFE (1851).
> I limited it to the years 1800-1918. I typed in "jazz." 377 hits! I
> looked at the "matches." Not one was "jazz."
> I limited it to the years 1800-1910. I typed in "hot dog." 32 hits.
> Most weren't even in English sources. I don't know why it considered any
> these as "hot dog" matches.
> Bad search engine! Bad!
> I'll try it a little more, but I'm going crazy.
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