Antedating of "Socialist"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 23 16:16:36 UTC 2004

On Fri, 23 Jan 2004, Laurence Horn wrote:

> But, unlike the other antedates we've been discussing, this seems to
> be a largely unrelated sense from the principal one, _socialist_
> meaning 'social being' or 'participant in a social system'

Yes, that's right.  One side-effect of electronic antedating is that there
are now a lot more transitional, coincidental or isolated word-usages
being uncovered than formerly.

Fred Shapiro

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