"the full Monty" antedated (?) to 1981

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 8 00:27:53 UTC 2012

Stephen Goranson wrote:
> According to an unconfirmed GB snippet (it isn't in HT yet) it appears in Mountain, published by Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales) in one of the issues 77-82, page 85, col. 2. According to the library catalog at U. of Nevada, Reno, issues 77-82 all date to 1981. If this text is really from 1981, it would antedate OED and ADS-L archive.
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0909D&L=ADS-L&D=0&P=29771
> "At Telluride Buxton and Kendall that charge was about the same  Ł 5 or $10 for two days; at Trento the full Monty would have cost Ł25 - enough said."
> http://books.google.com/books?id=1G4jAQAAIAAJ&q=%22the+full+monty%22&dq=%22the+full+monty%22&source=bl&ots=CyK4pshnNl&sig=vwujayCqb-ByjWaAXiSMWv4aP3A&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UpFxUNvlFpHW9QS_74GYBA&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBQ

A search for "January" produces a snippet showing the information for an issue:
[Begin excerpt]
Number 77 January/February 1981
[End excerpt]
This snippet supports the volume number and year data. It looks like a
great lead.

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