[Ads-l] Antedating of "debug"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 15 16:07:38 EST 2017

OED: 1960, to delouse

This is a bit more general: to remove insects.

Page 14 — The Minneapolis Journal — 15 June 1905

Mr. Moses started out his garden this year with only two toads. As
they were differently marked, they soon became known as "Henry" and
"Frank." Henry was strong in the pursuit of "ants." Every morning he
is seen perched on his favorite hill "anting" for breakfast. Frank's
occupation is that of debugging the roses and beating up the paths for
miscellaneous insects.

Source: Chronicling America [US Library of Congress]
Country/State of Publication: Minnesota, United States



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