Antedating of "Serendipitous"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Jan 13 17:53:08 UTC 2004

serendipitous (OED 1958)

1951 _Public Opinion Quarterly_ XV. 161 (JSTOR)  The volume [_Continuities
in Social Research_ by Robert K. Merton and Paul F. Lazarsfeld] ... is, in
a sense, an extension of Merton's earlier remarks _vis a vis_
serendipitous research.

Fred Shapiro

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