Antedating of "Pastrami"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 21 02:45:44 UTC 2002

On Fri, 20 Sep 2002, Fred Shapiro wrote:

> 1925 _N.Y. Times_ 20 Sept. XX2  The colorful community [Coney Island] has
> resumed its cold weather role -- that of a thriving residential section
> where the delicatessen stores that have tables for tea and hot pastrami
> are open all night.

I now see in the ADS-L archives that in 1999 Jesse Sheidlower posted that
the OED has a 1920 citation for "pastrami" contributed by Stuart
Silverstein, the third of the "Big Three" lawyer-antedaters written up by
the ABA Journal.

Fred Shapiro

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