Maltese Dog (1838)
jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Oct 28 19:34:54 UTC 2002
On Mon, Oct 28, 2002 at 01:46:02PM -0500, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> DESCRIPTION OF MALTA AND GOZO
> by George Percy Badger
> Malta: Printing and Lithography by M. Weiss
> Pg. 59:
> The race of Maltese dogs, so much renowned in Europe, and called _bichons_ by Buffon in his Natural History, is now nearly extinct. They are very small, with long glistening hair reaching down to the feet, a face covered with the same, and a turned-up nose. I acknowledge that I can see but very little beauty in these dwarfish creatures, and am led to think it is only their rarity which fixes their value at so high a price; they are sometimes sold for forty dollars.
> (The revised OED has 1860. I was asked about this in Malta...WHERE ARE TEN OF MY BOOKS! IT'S BEEN FOUR HOURS! I DIDN'T MAKE THIS TRIP JUST FOR MALTESE DOGS AND ESPRESSO!--ed.)
Actually, that's not accurate. The revised OED has 1860 for _Maltese_ meaning
'a dog of the Maltese breed'. For the compound _Maltese dog_ itself, which is
what you're quoting above, OED3 has 1754.
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