Antedating of "Guillotine"

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Wed Dec 28 03:33:35 UTC 2005

Fred's 1790 quote may not be so unreasonable.  The Larousse _Dictionnaire
Etymologique_ offers a date of 1790 for both _guillotine_ and
_guillotiner_ (verb).  The person who pulled the cord was a _guillotineur_
(1796), but probably earlier.  Strangely, _louisette_ (an earlier
alternative French name) is not listed in Larousse.

David Barnhart

American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on Tuesday, December 27,
2005 at 7:39 PM -0500 wrote:
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>Poster:       Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: Antedating of "Guillotine"
>On Tue, 27 Dec 2005, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>> 1790? And the first person executed by guillotine was 1792??
>Thanks for pointing this out.  The citation I posted, as well as other
>pre-1792 hits in Eighteenth Century Collections Online, must be
>Fred Shapiro
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