[Ads-l] "off the cuff" antedated to 1934

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 21 19:25:51 UTC 2015


John Baker posted some valuable material to the ADS list in 2012 on
the "off the cuff" topic:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2012-August/121540.html

I found some cites for "shoot from the cuff" starting in July 17, 1927:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2012-August/121545.html

Garson

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
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> July 31, 1932. Times-Picayune [New Orleans], Section 2, p. 5, col. 1. Headl=
> ine: Movie Formula Revived with Uproar Unknown to Silents.=0A=
> =85."you never know where a picture is going these days"=85."Right," he [a =
> studio head] beamed,"it was shot right off the cuff every morning=85isn't t=
> hat phenomenal?" [The same paper has an iffy Sept. 1, 1929 use: "=85.I pick=
> ed one off the cuff and gave it to him for free."=96horse racing tip.]=0A=
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> The previous earliest mentioned was Aug. 16, 1936 (discussed at Language Lo=
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> Gene Fowler, Father Goose The Story of Mack Sennett (NY: Covici, Friede, 19=
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> He set up his cameras with showmanlike haste and began shooting extemporane=
> ously-, or, "off the cuff."=0A=
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