antedating of "toejam" (1866)

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Mon Jul 21 01:57:24 UTC 2008

OED has 1934.  Of course, they're working on it.  I have no doubt Jon Lighter has some good early ones tucked away.

Using Newspaper archive,  _The Ohio(New Philadelphia) Democrat_ 7 September, 1866, pg.4, col. 2

An article entitled "Take Care of YOur Feet--Good Advice"

  "The following excellent article, taken from an exchange, we publish for the benefit of those of our readers who are peculiarily(sic) troubled with "toe jam."

The article did not say whether the "toe jam" was matter between the toes or under the nails.  That's the question I need answered.

Sam Clements

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