Antedating of "Jaywalker" and "Jaywalking"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 29 13:00:51 UTC 2008

jaywalker (OED 1917)

1911 _Washington Post_ 7 May M12 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Kansas City used to consider itself a town of jay walkers.

jaywalking (OED 1919)

1909 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 7 Apr. 12 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  CHAUFFEURS assert with some bitterness that their "joy riding" would harm nobody if there were not so much jay walking.

Fred Shapiro

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