Antedating of "Movie"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Dec 2 04:00:41 UTC 2007

On Dec 1, 2007 10:38 PM, Shapiro, Fred <Fred.Shapiro at> wrote:
> movie (OED3 1911 Aug.)
> 1911 _Philadelphia Inquirer_ 8 Jan. 5 (America's Historical Newspapers)  I had entertained the
> mistaken impression that the house was one of those "Movies" -- as the small boy chooses to
> call the picture show shops -- notwithstanding the enthusiasm displayed in the advance notices
> of its erection.

Great find, Fred. The early (legitimate) "movie" cites seem to be
clustering around Philadelphia. So far we've got:

1/8/11: Philadelphia Inquirer
3/24/11: Bucks County (Pa.) Gazette
8/1/11: Washington Post (from Philadelphia Inquirer)
8/18/11: Warren (Pa.) Evening Mirror

Other cites given here:

--Ben Zimmer

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