Antedating of "Gizmo"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 6 02:44:09 UTC 2012

gizmo (OED 1943)

1942 _Greensboro_ (NC) _Record_ 14 Oct. 2 (GenealogyBank)  Turning to the lighter side today, maybe you would be interested in some Marine Corps vernacular. ... GIZMO -- When you need a word for something in a hurry and can't think of one, it's a gizmo.

Fred Shapiro

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