rents - parents

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 29 11:23:57 UTC 2011

I am assuming the response was in response to my 1975 post. I lack
access to HDAS (still haven't picked up V. 2 and, obviously, the rest is
a complete mystery to everyone but you), but OED has a gap between 1968
and 1984. Ron was correct--the earliest OED citation is to the slang study.

If I find anything else in between, I'll post it.


On 9/29/2011 7:05 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> HDAS files has the same quote.
> My students were commonly reporting "rents" by 1975.
> JL
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM, Jesse Sheidlower<jester at>  wrote:
> Note that OED has this to 1968, at RENT n.(3).
> Jesse Sheidlower

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