New Antedating of "Movie"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed May 14 11:50:26 UTC 2008

I wouldn't give up hope, Ben.  The pattern of early "movie" citations being predominantly from Pennsylvania is so strong that it may turn out to be true that this originated in that area.

Fred Shapiro

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Benjamin Zimmer [bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: New Antedating of "Movie"

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
Philadelphia innovation...


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