[Ads-l] Antedating of "Founding Fathers" by Barry Popik

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 21 00:17:29 UTC 2014

I hope that the OED regularly monitors barrypopik.com for antedatings.  For example, "founding fathers" (OED 1941), was antedated to 1894 by me, but Barry has it in 1886:


The One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Consociatons, Fairfield
“Patriotism in Our Churches”
By Rev. Edward Anderson
Our land has been made secure (who doubts it) because of the Christian
that underlies it, as shown in the deeply religious phaze of our war. Are
prayers of the founding fathers to be echoed in prayers of the establishing
sons, for nothing?

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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