Antedating of "Tooth Fairy"

Kim & Rima McKinzey rkmck at EARTHLINK.NET
Sat Jan 3 02:59:38 UTC 2004

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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Antedating of "Tooth Fairy"
>tooth fairy (OED 1977)
>1933 _Sheboygan_ (Wis.) _Press_ 13 Dec. 4  Whenever any of us lost a
>tooth, we carefully placed it in an envelope, together with a letter to
>the Tooth Fairy, telling what we desired in exchange for the tooth.

But when did the custom become putting the tooth under the pillow?


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