"Uncle Sam" in 1810

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jul 4 05:32:10 UTC 2013

Barry Popik, who previously had discovered an example of "Uncle Sam"
from Dec. 1812, alerted some of us to a new antedating, appearing in a
journal entry dated Mar. 24, 1810, written by Isaac Mayo, then a Navy
midshipman. The relevant passage is transcribed, with a partial page
image, on Log Lines, the blog of the USS Constitution Museum:


Here is a description of the journal, which is evidently not available online:


And here is my writeup on the antedating for my Word Routes column:



Ben Zimmer

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

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