Antedating of "Ethnography"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jun 28 15:30:09 UTC 2006

On 6/28/06, Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
> ethnography (OED 1834)
> 1827 _Foreign Quarterly Review_ Nov. 377 (Periodicals Archive Online)  The
> term _Ethnography_, taken in a strict sense, can only be understood to
> mean the science which has for its object to classify different nations.

* ethnography

1818 _North American Review_ Jan. 276 Heeren on geography and
ethnography; history of modern Europe and its colonies; ancient
[HNP Doc ID 205753111]

* ethnographic

1819 _Christian Observer_ Apr. 257/3 The population [sc. of Europe],
considered in an ethnographic point of view, comprehends 53,1950,000
Teutonians or Germans, 60,586,400 descendants of the Romans,
45,120,000 Sclavonians [etc.].
[HNP Doc ID 771260402]

--Ben Zimmer

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