Tin Pan Alley (3 May 1903)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Jun 28 21:19:29 UTC 2003

On Sat, 28 Jun 2003 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    To illustrate how bad etymological things have been before these
> databases: OED credits the following 1903 McCardell book for coining
> "club sandwich" and "chow mein."  His 1904 book on show girls allegedly
> coined "wisenheimer" and "kike."

Of course, the OED has never claimed that its first uses represent actual
coinages or even actual first appearances in print.

Fred Shapiro

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