antedating of reign of terror (1795)

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Tue Dec 27 22:44:29 UTC 2005

My son, Will, is doing a report on guillotines following the reading of A
Tale of Two Cities in his 10th grade English class.  That prompted me to
do some looking about.

reign of terror (OED: 1798) found in (1795)
guillotine (OED: 1793) found in (1792)

Happy New Year,
David Barnhart

barnhart at

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