Antedating of "Disco"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sun Dec 28 17:23:12 UTC 2008

On Sat, Dec 27, 2008 at 07:50:30PM -0500, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> OED's first use of _disco_ referring to a kind of music is dated 1975.  According to Wikipedia:
> The term disco was first used in print in an article by Vince Aletti in the September 13, 1973 edition of Rolling Stone magazine titled "Discotheque Rock '72: Paaaaarty!"

This is not correct. The referenced article only used the
compound "disco sound"; OED already has an 1965 quot. for
"disco beat", if we're accepting compounds.  I've edited
Wikipedia to reflect this.

Jesse Sheidlower

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