[Ads-l] "Leather-apron man" not in OED

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sun Oct 4 00:31:59 UTC 2015

And if it's good enough for Cotton Mather ... .  I neglected to mention that the western (American) shore quotation of 1710 is in his "Bonifacius: An Essay... to Do Good".  Or at least so GBooks claims; it gives no preview.


 From: George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
To: Joel Berson <berson at att.net> 
Sent: Saturday, October 3, 2015 4:45 PM
Subject: Re: "Leather-apron man" not in OED

If it's good enough for Ben Franklin, it should be good enough for the OED.


On Sat, Oct 3, 2015 at 11:59 AM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:

Should it be?
>A quick GBooks search shows it in 1710, on both sides of the Atlantic.  It also appears during the Boston smallpox debate in 1722, in _A Friendly Debate; or, A Dialogue between Rusticus and Academicus_ and in Benjamin Franklin's first Silence Dogood essay, in the New-England Courant of April 2, 1722.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998..

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