[Ads-l] Antedating of "Jackpot"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 20 03:33:04 UTC 2014


jackpot (OED 1881)

1873 _Plain Dealer_ (Cleveland) 10 Sept. 3 (America's Historical Newspapers)  Jim plays the game just as though he never was going to have another "sesh" -- go in _every_ time -- stay in to every "Jack pot" whether he had "busters" or not until the boys made up their minds they'd "blow him out," which they have practiced on Jim until, as you see, he _squawks_.

Fred Shapiro

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