"track record" by feet

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Nov 19 18:52:26 UTC 2010

At 11/18/2010 11:54 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>New York Times - Oct 20, 1886
>>The 100 miles was done in 6:1:15--25 minutes ahead of the world s
>>record and over 1 minute ahead of the track record for this distance
>>made at Springfield, By Ives, of Meriden, Connecticut.
>But the article touts the feet

An eggcorn, or just an accident?  This was a bicycle record!

>of one S. G. Whittacker on a track in
>Cawfordsville, Indiana, so the "track record" certainly does not refer
>to a single specific track, but to a record on "track", in general.

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