"Out" as a verb

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Oct 15 20:32:49 UTC 2011

This "out with" is also at the exact time of arousal of "come-outer",
"One who 'comes out' or separates himself on principle from an
established society or organization; originally applied to certain
religious dissenters; a radical reformer in religious matters.",
first OED citation 1855.  (Also applied to persons who disavowed the
US Constitution on principle, because it condoned slavery.)  Perhaps
coincidental, since the "out with" below seems more "blab about".


At 10/15/2011 02:39 PM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at netscape.com> wrote:

>On Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:29:35  "Baker, John" <JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM> posted:
>  <snip>
>     The following story appears, via the Access Newspaper Archive, in the D=
>emocratic Standard, Janesville, Wisconsin (Mar. 14, 1855), p. 4; the Sauk C=
>ounty Standard, Baraboo, Wisconsin (Mar. 14, 1855), p. 1; The Agitator, Wel=
>lsboro, Pennsylvania (Mar. 29, 1855), p. 1; and the Newport Daily News, New=
>port, Rhode Island (June 19, 1855), p. 2.
><big snip>
>C-------- promised never to "blow" on his judicial friend and kept
>his word, until he learned the Judge was compelled to tell it
>himself, for unfortunately he carried the big shirt home and Mrs.
>A-------- made some inquiries.  He had to out with it; and it being
>told by the Judge himself, Mr. C-------- felt at liberty to tell it
>also: which he does somtimes to the infinite merriment of all who hear him."
>John  Baker
>Is this an antedating for the use of "out" as a verb?
>     - Jim Landau
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