Antedating of "D.J."

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Sep 4 02:53:48 UTC 2012

On Mon, Sep 03, 2012 at 02:12:44PM +0000, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
> D.J. (OED 1961)
> 1949 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 19 June W8 (ProQuest Historical
> Newspapers) On the typical disk jockey show where pop tunes are played
> it is usually the personality of the d. j. that makes the show.

1948 _Billboard_ 24 Apr. 42/1 Byfield found that heā€„received plenty of
valuable free air plugs from the d.j.

We also now have a 1946 for "deejay", also from _Billboard_.

Jesse Sheidlower

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