bailout (aviation 1928, finance 1939)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Sep 30 15:19:28 UTC 2008

Today in Word Routes I discuss the phrasal verb "bail out" and the
noun "bailout".
follow-up to:

Antedatings for the noun:

* bailout = 'emergency descent by parachute from an airplane' (OED2
1955 s.v. "bale", v.2)
1928 _Lima (Ohio) News_ 12 Oct 11/1 A "bail out" is navy slang for
jumping out of a plane to make a parachute jump.
Full article posted here in May 2005:

* bailout = 'rescue from financial distress' (not yet in OED)
1939 _Time_ 9 Oct. (heading) $40,000,000 Bail-Out.
[referring to the Commodity Credit Corporation's plan to assist
American tobacco farmers],9171,762697,00.html

Jesse Sheidlower also noted a 1940 example of the financial sense in
Safire's April 6, 2008 column:

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