Antedating of "Political Correctness"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 21 16:02:53 UTC 2006

political correctness (OED 1979)

1805 _The Witness_ (Litchfield, Conn.) 25 Sept. 3 (America's Historical
Newspapers)  The constitution presumes that the people are the judges of
political correctness, and has accordingly left the decision to them.

Fred Shapiro

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