antedate for Johnny (John) Doughboy, 1892 (RHDAS: 1918)

Geoffrey Nunberg nunberg at ISCHOOL.BERKELEY.EDU
Wed Dec 17 21:42:44 UTC 2008

"... there ain't nothin' like a drink-cravin' 'cept a drug-cravin'. I
seen that on a Johnny Doughboy in Montana." "The Court at Big G
Ranch," by Thomas B. Monfort, in Two Tales, 1892. (Google Books)

RHDAS has 1918 for "John/Johnny Doughboy" but has "doughboy" for
infantryman from 1847, so the earlier "Johnny Doughboy" isn't

Geoff Nunberg

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