"fist": handwriting (1823), radiotelegraphy (1922)
jester at PANIX.COM
Sun Apr 17 11:21:44 UTC 2005
On Sun, Apr 17, 2005 at 05:41:21AM -0400, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> This sense of "fist" apparently derives from an earlier colloquialism
> describing a person's handwriting or signature. Neither sense is in the
> OED, though the handwriting sense appears in the 1922 Roget's and RHUD:
HDAS does have the 'telegrapher's distinctive style' sense, with the
first quote from a 1929 article in American Speech.
Thanks for these impressive citations.
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