[Ads-l] "Gaslight" as a verb only five decades old

Yagoda, Ben byagoda at UDEL.EDU
Mon Jan 9 10:28:43 EST 2017


George Cukor’s 1944 film was in turn based on a 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton. The OED’s first citation for “gaslight” as a  verb is a sentence from a 1965 article in “The Reporter”: "Some troubled persons having even gone so far as to charge malicious intent and premeditated ‘gaslighting.’”

Ben

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