Antedating of "Disco"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 30 19:30:27 UTC 2008

Thanks for the correction, Jesse.

Fred Shapiro

From: Jesse Sheidlower [jester at]
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2008 12:23 PM
To: Shapiro, Fred
Cc: American Dialect Society
Subject: Re: Antedating of "Disco"

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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