[Ads-l] "sharp", noun, "a short pointed stick or rod", 1732, & the OED

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sat Mar 25 12:10:51 EDT 2017

I don't know where this belongs in the OED.

"It was a Custom among the Hebrews ... to use Oxen in treading out their Corn ... And, [14] while they were at Work ... others ["unrighteous Ingrates"] ... put Sharps into their Mouths ...".

Samuel Mather, An Essay Concerning Gratitude (Boston: Printed for T. Hancock, 1732), p. 14.  [Early American Imprints.]


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