Antedating of "Humdinger"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Jun 7 14:56:54 UTC 2014

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Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of "Humdinger"

humdinger (OED 1905)

1896 _Daily Register Gazette_ (Rockford, Illinois) 7 Apr. 2 (America's Historical Newspapers)  (advertisement)  A Good Thing  Push It Along   That's what everyone says when they see our Cabs; they are beauties, ball bearings, removable upholstering.  A nice one, only ..... $5.00  A natty one, only .... 8.00  A nobby one, only .... 10.00  A beauty, only ....... 12.00  A humdinger, only ... 15.00.

Fred Shapiro


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