another "canny"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 4 07:50:17 UTC 2011

In case the OED needs a post-19th century example of "canny" (not that
there is a shortage), here's one from yesterdays news. OED has 13
lemmas--not one of the examples gets past 1888. This particular one (if
I am reading it correctly)--3.--stops at 1815.
> Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller steal back their careers from kiddy
> movies and tired franchises with “Tower Heist,” a canny action comedy
> that rewards its veteran actors with the best showcase they’ve had in
> years.


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