Antedating of "Banana Republic"

Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Mon Nov 18 21:03:08 UTC 2002

Fred Shapiro wrote:

> Good show, Michael!  I wonder now whether O. Henry may have
> actually coined the term.

Taken together with the example you found from the NYT that mentions
O Henry specifically, it seems likely, doesn't it?

Michael Quinion
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