jaz, v. 1916

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Sep 5 22:27:05 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 5:14 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
> Also a very slight antedating of "jazz music" (Dec. 1916 --> Nov. 1916):
> http://goo.gl/EN9Eb
> The Chicago Chemical Bulletin. Volume 3 (10). November 1916
> Editorial. p. 155/1
>> It hovers invisibly over us when boisterous "jass" music is played at the
>> doors of our assembly rooms or raging fire patrols rattle over cobble
>> pavements beneath the lecture room, calming the members with the promise
>> that "next" year a more suitable place will be found for the meetings of the
>> Section.

Nice find. For the sake of completeness, here's another cite that's
not quite as early but also antedates the Dec. 22, 1916 OED cite:

1916 _Wisconsin State Journal_ 1 Dec. 10 (advt.) 6 Piece Orchestra and
"Jaz" Music at Night Shows. [Newspaperarchive]


Ben Zimmer

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