[Ads-l] Antedating of gobsmacked

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 8 07:39:29 EDT 2018


OED: adj. 1956, v. 1987

Here's a December 1935 in The Bee-keepers' Record, "From a Yorkshire
Clod-Hopper, to John Hodge" (v.49-53, p.175):

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That wad mack im about yam sick, so ower Ilkla' moor bar-tat wish un best
of luck at Ilkley Station, and when he landed back Martha wad be fare gob
smacked at the yarns he wad tell 'er about Yorkshire clod-hoppers.
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https://books.google.com/books?id=hsRJAAAAYAAJ&q=%22gob+smacked%22&dq=%22gob+smacked%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjRy-r_rsPbAhWrDsAKHW9zAr0Q6AEIKjAA

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt/search?id=coo.31924065068672;view=1up;seq=7;q1=%22gob%20smacked%22;start=1;sz=10;page=search;orient=0

Here's as much of the page as possible excavated and reconstructed from
Google Books:

https://twitter.com/hugovk/status/1004974752233086976

And ammonshea reports a 1936:
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The Daily Mail (Hull, Eng.) appears to have gobsmacked from 1 May 1936:
Feller le’aked gob-smacked: “What sall wa de’ar?” ee axesw tother chap.
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https://twitter.com/ammonshea/status/1005011253801218048

Hugo

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