"nose-powder" 'cocaine' 1936

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri May 9 00:50:22 UTC 2008

Not really an answer to your question, but "nose powder" is a rare term - known chiefly, I think, from_Modern Times_.

  HDAS has only one further non-glossarial cite - from 1978.  Google Books reveals a few from even more recently - and nothing earlier.


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Well-known, I'm sure, but:

Why isn't "nose-powder" in OED3?

_Modern Times_, 1936, intertitle: Charlie is incarcerated as a
suspected communist instigator, and while at a meal the guards come
searching for nose-powder.


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