Q: Best source for debunking 1904 "iced tea"?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jul 16 21:47:30 UTC 2009

At 2:20 PM -0400 7/16/09, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM, Joel S. Berson<Berson at att.net> wrote:
>>  What is the best source for debunking the myth that iced tea was
>>  invented at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair?  And, possibly,
>>  debunklng that it was popularized there, since there are a number of
>>  quotations from the 1870s?

I think there are even more food products or product names
incorrectly claimed to have originated at various World Fairs (where
undoubtedly a lot of folks from a lot of distant places did first
come across them) than words incorrectly traced to Wolof.  "Crying
World's Fair" doesn't have the same ring to it, though.


>  >
>>  I'm looking (Googling), but so far all I've found is the debunking
>>  that cites 1890 -- which also is not the current earliest.
>There's Barry Popik's page, which has cites back to 1852.
>--Ben Zimmer
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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