Antedating of "Twenty-Three Skidoo"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 11 16:01:22 UTC 2004

STANDARD DISCLAIMER: I apologize if this antedating has already been
posted by Barry Popik.

twenty-three skidoo (OED 1926)

1906 _Wash. Post_ 11 Oct. 9  The members of the Thirteenth Minnesota
Volunteer Infantry claim the credit for putting the "23 skidoo" sign on
the hoodo generally supposed to follow the number "13."

Fred Shapiro

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