[Ads-l] Antedating of "Karate"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 7 02:50:26 UTC 2014


karate (OED 1955)

1947 _Washington Post_ 16 Mar. M11 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  The students at Waseda University are still being taught how to break arms, crack necks and gouge eyes.  It's a combination of boxing, wrestling and kicking called karate. ... The karate lads stamp their feet on the cold wooden floor of their gymnasium.

Fred Shapiro

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