Antedating of "Real McCoy"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 22 15:54:49 UTC 2006

real McCoy (OED 1916)

1891 _Manitoba Daily Free Press_ 21 Dec. 2 (Newspaperarchive)  The license
inspector, accompanied by Rev. Mr. Vicoman and Constable Dodds, seized a
quantity of linquor in the Stine hotel cellar on Saturday, and having
refreshed themselves by sampling it, declared it to be the real McCoy.

Fred Shapiro

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