Antedating of "nit-wit" (1915)

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Thu Jan 22 00:03:09 UTC 2004

OED and M-W have 1922.

Using newspaperarchive, one finds

13 Feb. 1915 _Ft. Wayne(IN) News.  1/7

  <<It pitied him as a poor nit-wit who was floundering about to hold his job and wished to do all possible to help him.>>

Sam Clements

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