antedating of "off-key" 1911

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sun Feb 1 05:26:40 UTC 2004

OED has 1929.  M-W has 1927.

20 Dec. 1911  _Monessen(PA) Daily Independent  4?/3

<<Of course I was feeling tremendously encouraged and then I got to that awful chromatic scale from A to A, and he made a dreadful discord on the piano and said I was off key, and I wasn't--wasn't!" Kate beat her gloves on the chair enphatically.>>

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