dave at WILTON.NET
Mon Jan 20 19:27:32 UTC 2003
Thanks. I should have cross-checked "renter" in the OED2 before asking.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of Fred Shapiro
> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 11:25 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: Rent-boy
> On Mon, 20 Jan 2003, Dave Wilton wrote:
> > Has anyone run across this or similar early uses of
> "rent-boy" before? Could
> > the letter be genuine? None of the websites that cite the
> letter have
> > anything resembling a traceable citation. I'm skeptical,
> but it doesn't seem
> > to be beyond the realm of possibility.
> The word Wilde actually used was "renter." It is, in fact,
> the first use
> in OED for that sense of "renter."
> Fred Shapiro
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