[Ads-l] "dumpster diver" -- early, but is it an antedating? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Nov 30 16:35:15 UTC 2015


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> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Joel Berson
> Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2015 10:43 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: "dumpster diver" -- early, but is it an antedating?
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> "We're talking now with T-Bird Jones, who plays drums for the Dumpster Dive= rs and who resides on a steam grate near the State
> Department."
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> 1985, Gary Trudeau, "Doonesbury."=C2=A0 Reprinted 2015 Nov. 28, Boston Glob= e, page 12B col. 1.=C2=A0 De-capitalization is mine.
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> The earliest quotation in OED3 (June 2005) is 1985 Computer Decisions 7 May= .
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> Month and day of the Trudeau quotation unknown to me.=C2=A0 I suspect the d= ate of 11-28 in the bottom right corner of the first panel
> is the date of t= he reprint (today), not the date of the original publication.=C2=A0 I've as= ked the Doonesbury site, but maybe someone
> with greater access and ingenuit= y than I can uncover the month/day.
> 
> In any case, perhaps the quotation will have to be bracketed.
> 
> Joel
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The strip in question ran in the San Bernardino County Sun on 30 Nov 1985 (per newspapers.com).  Note that the 3rd and 4th panels of the strip refer to post-Thanksgiving meals.
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