New Antedating of "Movie"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed May 14 11:22:35 UTC 2008

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 6:59 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
> I apologize to those offended by antedatings, but I have pushed back the first citation
> for the word _movie_ slightly further:
> movie (OED3 1911)
> 1909 _Springfield Sunday Republican_ 1 Aug. 19 (America's Historical Newspapers)
> The average child only goes to the "Movies" twice a month.

...which is more than three months earlier than Fred's last find:

Well done! But I guess this undermines my theory of "movies" as a
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