Antedating of "Racketeer"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon May 17 00:23:55 UTC 2004

racketeer (OED 1928)

1924 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 6 Apr. 3 (ProQuest)  Policemen were in the
crowd -- not as such but as mourners -- and all manner of "racketeers,"
gamblers, bootleggers, beer runners, bosses of the underworld, and

Fred Shapiro

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