Antedating of "doolally"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 2 12:33:40 UTC 2014

OED: 1925

A booklet titled The Way They Have in the Army (1916) by Thomas O'Toole has
a chapter on on Tommy's Private Language:

Doolally Tap. When a soldier becomes mentally unbalanced, he is said to
have received the " Doolally Tap." " Doolally " is a corruption of the name
of an Indian town, Deolali.

The booklet was quoted in Australian newspapers the Brunswick and Coburg
Leader of Friday 12 May 1916 and The Australasian of the next day.


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