Tenny Runners (tennis shoes) (1965)

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Fri Sep 22 15:48:15 UTC 2006

One of Bill Cosby's first comedy albums ("I Started Out As A Child",
1964) included a routine entitled "Sneakers"; he has continued to use
the word, e.g. in a 1984 episode of "The Cosby Show" and, more
recently, in his notorious speech on poverty and priorities.

Jim Parish

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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