Antedating of "Shell-Shocked"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Oct 19 01:15:44 UTC 2013

shell-shocked (OED 1918)

1916 _Northern Mudguard_ 1 July 179 (Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War)  Pte. Shiell was not hurt, but, he says, a few of the lads who went with him from the N.C.B. "have caught it, and 'Kitchener' (Pte. Downing) was a bit shell-shocked, but is all right again."

Fred Shapiro

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