Antedating of "Jackpot"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 23 20:04:02 UTC 2003

At 12:50 PM -0500 2/23/03, Fred Shapiro wrote:
>OED has 1881 as its first use for "jackpot."  I think I sent them an 1874
>or 1875 citation years ago, but in case I'm wrong here's an antedating
>from 1879 (via American Periodical Series):
>1879 _National Police Gazette_ 29 Mar. 15  William Penn won from the
>Indians by the simple expedient of opening a "jack-pot" with five aces.
>Fred Shapiro
Especially expedient if they weren't playing with wild cards...


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