[Ads-l] RES: "shot" = 'hypodermic injection' (1889)

David Daniel dad at COARSECOURSES.COM
Wed Feb 17 15:22:57 EST 2021


I noticed today the NYT referred to a vaccination shot as a jab. This is
very common in the British press, but I had never seen it in a US
publication before. Or, at least I hadn't noticed it.
DAD


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De: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] Em nome de Ben
Zimmer
Enviada em: quarta-feira, 17 de fevereiro de 2021 16:30
Para: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Assunto: Re: "shot" = 'hypodermic injection' (1889)

Slightly earlier:

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https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71307468/rustling-for-a-shot/
Sacramento Bee, Jan. 12, 1889, p. 5, col. 2 Rustling For a Shot.
The gang of miserables who have acquired the terrible habit often have a
hard time to get money enough to buy "a shot" as they call a morphine
injection. Ten cents is enough to buy "a shot" but even this trifle is often
beyond the reach of the most of them.
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On Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 2:21 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

> A recent Washington Post column by John Kelly discusses OED researcher 
> Jon Simon's hunt for antedatings for "shot" in the sense of 
> 'hypodermic injection' (OED2 1904).
>
>
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/needle-shot-morphine-addiction/20
> 21/02/15/288282d2-6fa8-11eb-93be-c10813e358a2_story.html
>
> The earliest citation mentioned in the column is this one from 1889.
>
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> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71304687/the-hypo-gun/
> San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 2, 1889, p. 5, col. 8 The Hypo-Gun. How 
> Morphine Victims Are Fed The morphine victim is cared for there -- as 
> long as he has money. In all the houses frequented by the "fiends" is 
> a man or a woman who sells the drug and injects it for a small sum. 
> This useful person is called the "gunner," the syringe is termed the 
> "gun," and administers to the fiend an injection, that is "a shot," 
> for which he is paid 5 cents.
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>
> --bgz
>

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