[Ads-l] Antedating of "Lunch"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 6 11:39:18 UTC 2015


My feeling for period prose suggests to me that it's a verbal use.

Still a notable antedating.

JL

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 10:03 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> lunch (OED, lunch n.2 2.a., 1829)
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> 1815 _Cobbett's Political Register_ 18 Nov. 200 (ProQuest)  But, be sure,
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> ick, to wrap your bag well up in your clothes, during winter, or, when you
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> come to lunch, you may, to your great surprise, find your food transformed
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> into pebbles.
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> [NOTE:  It is possible that this is an example of _lunch_, v. (OED 1823),
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> ather than illustrating the nominal use of the word.]
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> Fred Shapiro
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