Antedating of "Political Correctness"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 21 19:15:37 UTC 2006

On Fri, 21 Jul 2006, Joel S. Berson wrote:

>> 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
> Isn't this more a literal use of "correctness"


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