Antedating of "Gangster"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 17 01:57:45 UTC 2004

gangster (OED 1896)

1888 _Portsmouth_ (Ohio) _Times_ 11 Aug. 2/2 (  THE
story that the TIMES man is delinquent for water rent is too improbable
even for a gangster to believe.  We have paid our water rent in advance.
To falsely report citizens delinquent will not help the gang.

Fred Shapiro

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