killed to death

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Apr 20 15:01:05 UTC 2008

Actually, a blast from the past. See OED _kill_, 2c, with exx. from 1362 and ca1400.


  1858 _The British Millennial Harbinger_ XI (3rd Ser.) (Nov. 1) 540: Bro. Wallis gets scratched by a stray shot; and he so riddles his dummies, that our trans-channel friends [in Ireland] might pronounce them "kilt to death."

  Google Books has two or three more of these, all seemingly Irish.

  I even found a current "kiled [sic] to death" on the Web.


Barnhart <barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM> wrote:
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Thanks, Mark.

I guess this is not a wavelet of the future.

David B.

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