Antedating of "Tooth Fairy"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat May 15 01:31:37 UTC 2004

tooth fairy (OED 1977)

1908 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 27 Sept. E3 (ProQuest)  Many a refractory
child will allow a loose tooth to be removed if he knows about the tooth
fairy.  If he takes his little tooth and puts it under the pillow when he
goes to bed the tooth fairy will come in the night and take it away, and
in its place will leave some little gift.

Fred Shapiro

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