another "canny"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Nov 4 12:36:43 UTC 2011

On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:50 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
> 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.

Many of the early-in-the-alphabet entries haven't been revised in a
century or so. This one apparently hasn't been touched since 1893,
when the "C" fascicles were first published.


Ben Zimmer

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