CAMP is 135 years old?

Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Thu Dec 15 19:38:15 UTC 2005

Ron Butters wrote:

> Why the quote marks around "campish undertakings" -- does this mean
> that "camp" in this sense goes back to 1870? If I ever knew that, I've
> forgotten it.

It goes back to 1868, in a letter from the same Frederick Park whose
activities were quoted in the newspaper in 1871. "Campish undertakings" is
a direct quote from the newspaper caption.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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