[Ads-l] Antedating of "Jackpot"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Dec 20 20:02:38 UTC 2014

1872 March 5 _Plain Dealer_ (Cleveland) 5 Mar p. 4 col. 6  (America's Historical Newspapers) 
Gambling Made Easy
Messrs. Editors :- I am credibly informed that the "boys" are using the East Cleveland street railway checks (the round India rubber affairs) for "chips" in playing poker--they "break jack pots" with them.

Stephen Goranson
From: American Dialect Society ... on behalf of Shapiro, Fred ...
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 10:33 PM...
Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of "Jackpot"

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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