Antedating of "Fellow Traveler" [and not re "useful idiot"]

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Jun 15 14:07:56 UTC 2014

At 6/11/2014 07:51 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:
>fellow traveler (OED, 2., 1936)
>1933 _N.Y. Times Book Review_ 23 Apr. 2 (ProQuest Historical
>Newspapers)  ROMANOF is a "fellow traveler," as Trotsky phrased it,
>more generally and sympathetically read by the Western world than by Russia.

Makes me wonder if Trotsky coined it by association with his fellow
travelers in exile from the Stalinist Soviet Union.  Trotsky traveled
to several places before his assassination in Mexico.


The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list