[Ads-l] Origin of exclamation Great Scott discussed at Slate

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 21 18:43:29 UTC 2015

It looks like an excellent example of the "Great Scott" exclamation to
me. Also, General Winfield Scott was already being called Great Scott
in that time period. So I think it is still compatible with the
leading etymological theory.

Congratulations Peter. Here is a short link to the newspaper page in
the Chronicling America database. Click near the words highlighted in
pink to enlarge the image.



On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 1:17 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:
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> Antedating Great Scott(?)
> The Spirit of Democracy=2C March 7=2C 1845=2C page 2=2C column 5 (Chronicli=
> ng America).
> The great fine-and shearing (financiering) scheme of Mr. Kelly=2C has becom=
> e the law of the land=3B and this bill of seventy five sections we promised=
>  to publish=2C should it finally passed into law.  Great Scott! is it possi=
> ble that we ever promised to publish this law.

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