[Ads-l] Antedating of googly (1903->1892, -> 1878 as googler), googler (1923->1872?)
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googly, n. OED: 1903
googly, attrib. or as adj. OED: 1909
A googly in cricket is "a ball which breaks from the off, though bowled
with apparent leg-break action."
Here's "googly ones" and "googly's" from February 1892.
The OED also has googler as a googly bowler (1923) but it was also an
alternate spelling of googly going back earlier to the 1870s, as a term
used by school children.
I also found an 1872 googler which I think refers to a googly bowler but
might also be a ball.
ANTEDATINGS: 1892 GOOGLY ONES, GOOGLY'S, 1893 GOOGLEY
International Cricket Match. (1892, February 2). Newcastle Morning Herald
and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , p. 5
Bannerman was playing
with unusual freedom, but for a time the
scoring was slow, Briggs keeping the bats
men quiet with his googly ones. At last
LORD SHEFFIELD'S TEAM v. NEWCASTLE DISTRICT. (1892, February 10). Referee
(Sydney, NSW : 1886 - 1939), p. 8.
McGregor filled the vacancy, and retired without
scoring by putting one of Cresswick's googly's into
Johnson's hands at mid-off. 8—0—258.
CRICKET. (1893, December 22). North Melbourne Advertiser (Vic. : 1873 -
1894), p. 3.
Their averages compare more
than favourably with other 'googley"
NEW ALTERNATE SPELLING AND ANTEDATINGS: 1870s-1890s GOOGLER
SYDNEY TABLE TALK. (1878, July 16). Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners'
Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , p. 2.
tant moment at last arrived ; David went to
the wickets; a ball of the very simple sort
which school boys call a " googler," was de-
livered, - expectation was on the tiptoe -
when the great player made a desperate lunge,
sending his bat into the middle of the field;
and allowing the ball to rest quietly amongst
the stumps, to the infinite merriment of all
the novices, who had previously been taking
lessons from the oracle.
SATURDAY'S CRICKET. (1887, November 7). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 -
1933), p. 6.
Silvester came in, and
was completely beaten by a "googler"
ANTEDATING: 1872 GOOGLER (a googly bowler?)
Cricket. (1872, January 27). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser
(NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 109.
The 'googlers' would have been
terribly punished in a muff-match— but were very fatal
among the sixteen. Gregory made a very pretty catch, off
his own slows, to dispose of the last man, Wood.
Some of the sixteen batted very fairly.
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