"gadget" antedated (?) to 1884

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Sep 24 15:25:38 UTC 2011

OED has 1886; "Origin obscure."

Amateur work, illustrated (London, New York, Ward, Lock & Co.), vol.4, 1884, page 148, col. 3, lines 9-13:

Grinding is tedious you say. So it is.  How shall we lighten it? _Eureka_! Get the secret accelerating "gadget."
Clap it on and presto!

For the context, see:


Stephen Goranson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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