Antedatings of "Folk-Tale," "Folk-Song"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 10 14:46:39 UTC 2003

folk-tale (OED 1891)

1850 _Notes & Queries_ 23 Nov. 429  _Cupid and Psyche_ ... This is
probably an old _Folk-tale_, originally perhaps an antique philosophical

folk-song (OED 1870)

1853 _Notes & Queries_ 15 Oct. 357  It has often occurred to me that the
old country folk-songs are as worthy of a niche in your mausoleum as the
more prosy lore to which you allot a separate division.

Fred Shapiro

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