[Ads-l] Antedating of "Beat Generation"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 26 16:07:38 UTC 2015

On Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:45 AM, William Salmon wrote:
> Speaking of antedating, I think Teddy Wayne antedates the word 'yuppie' by
> four years in this New York Times piece of May 8, 2015.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/fashion/tell-tale-signs-of-the-modern-day-yuppie.html
> The earliest OED citation is 1984, but Wayne mentions this 1980 citation
> from author Dan Rottenberg in Chicago magazine:
> http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-1980/Yuppie/

Fred shared that antedating with us in Dec. '08, and it was
subsequently confirmed on paper by Grant Barrett.


The OED hasn't gotten around to updating the entry. Here's more on the
Rottenberg piece -- he doesn't claim to have coined the word:



Ben Zimmer

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