"nauseous" redux

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Mar 6 20:08:05 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at babel.ling.upenn.edu>
> A few years ago I did some antedating on "nauseous" in the sense of
> "affected by nausea" (the bane of prescriptivists):
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0501b&L=ads-l&P=318
> The 1885 cite I gave is now in OED3, but Gabe Doyle of the Motivated Grammar
> blog has antedated that all the way back to 1855, as I discuss in my latest
> Word Routes column:
> http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/1762/

Now that I look closer at the Google Book Search item that Gabe turned up, I see
that the correct date is Feb. 21, 1857 (p. 29, col. 3).


--Ben Zimmer

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