[Ads-l] antedating "kick the bucket"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 14 01:40:09 UTC 2015


Peter: Back in 2011 I found instances in 1778 and 1780. Your earlier
cites look excellent:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-June/110051.html

Garson


On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 7:20 PM, Peter Morris
<peter_morris_1 at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
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> According to my researches, looking on variouas word origin websites, the
> earliest known cite for "kick the bucket" is Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
> (1785). I've found a few examples before that.
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> 1784:   http://tinyurl.com/p7sdphu
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> 1780:   http://tinyurl.com/qegzt28
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> 1775:  http://tinyurl.com/q8eaxqt
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> 1774:  http://tinyurl.com/pjypyes
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