Even Further Antedating of "Movie"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 2 14:47:34 UTC 2007

At 9:35 AM -0500 12/2/07, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>I apologize to those offended by antedatings.  I am trying to
>restrict my postings to more important discoveries.
>movie (OED3 1911)
>1909 _Philadelphia Inquirer_ 14 Nov. 10 (America's Historical
>Newspapers)  Then, as is his habit, after a few moments of thought,
>he resumed with a new picture -- as they would say in the "movies."
Most of the early cites are either plural generics (as here),
ordinary plurals, or singular attributives (adjectives or nominal
modifiers, as in "movie pictures").  It would be interesting to track
down the first count noun "movie", as in "a movie" tout court.


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