on "dope"/"doping"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Aug 19 15:19:36 UTC 2013

My latest Wall St. Journal column is on the origin of "doping" in sports:


It's behind the paywall, but you should be able to get to it via Google+:


And here is my Word Routes followup, with citations:


I found "dope" as a verb meaning 'drug (a horse)' from 1873, and as a
noun meaning 'opium for smoking' from 1883. (OED2 has 1889 for both.)


Ben Zimmer

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

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