Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Nov 5 04:59:00 UTC 2010

Obama's reference to the Democrats' electoral "shellacking" is the
inspiration for my latest Word Routes column:

I've found the "beating" sense going back to 1924, in boxing circles.
Antedatings welcome, as always.


Ben Zimmer

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