"jew" as adjective -- not in OED?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue May 14 15:36:29 UTC 2013

George, look way down under "Jew, n." for "Compounds" -- C1 is
"General attrib. or as adj."  I've missed this disguised and low (on
the page) artifice of the OED before, for this and other nouns.  I
think the heading in such cases should be "n. and adj.".


At 5/14/2013 10:37 AM, George Thompson wrote:
>Seems strange, but such is the case, if the on-line OED doesn't mislead me.
>             JEW BEEF. -- The subscribers offer their services to merchants
>who are in the habit of trading to the West Indies, that in order to
>complete a well assorted cargo for those markets, it will prove to be an
>acquisition to apply to them for the above article; they are in 5 or 10
>gallon kegs.  ***  Levy & Lyons, 26, White-hall street. N. B.  Regular
>certificates will be given.
>             Mercantile Advertiser, November 1, 1804, p. 2, col. 2
>HDAS and Jonathon Green's dictionary have "jew" as a disparaging adjective,
>which isn't the case here.  Their examples are generally in the form of "a
>Jew xyz" which translates into "a Jew who is an xyz" -- a Jew lawyer,
>perhaps.  Here, it meant "kosher", and the ad was placed by a Jewish firm.
>George A. Thompson
>Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
>Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much since then
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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