Antedating of "goombah" 1954
SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Mon Feb 16 04:36:04 UTC 2004
M-W and OED both use 1968 as they don't accept TV/movie cites, only printed ones(I suppose). Even though many of us watched Rocky Graziano on the Martha Raye(premiered Sept. 1955) show and heard the word.
2 Dec. 1954 _Coshocton(OH) Tribune_ 8/6 (newspaperarchive)
[A story on Italian boxers]
<<"I will beat this Giambra," he insists, "and prove Italy still produces fine fighters."
It's hard to see how he can be proved wrong. Joey is a goombah, too!>>
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