[Ads-l] Antedating of "Starvation"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 22 00:01:19 UTC 2014

starvation (OED 1779)

1762 Claudero _Poems on Several Occasions_ 41 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  T' avoid starvation in the north, He took a boat and cross'd the _Forth_.

NOTE:  This antedating invalidates the statement in the OED that the word originated in a Parliamentary context in 1775.

Fred Shapiro

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