[Ads-l] a cute expression that, unfortunately, died quickly

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun Jan 17 20:22:46 EST 2021

            It is nearly time to get out the croquet sets and renew the
front yard billiards>

            Providence Morning Star (Providence, Rhode Island), April 13,

            Hunt up your croquet sets, and prepare for another season
of ‘‘front
yard billiards.”

            Rockland County Messenger (Haverstraw, N. Y.), April 15, 1875

1875-04-15 -- Rockland County Messenger (Haverstraw, N. Y.)

            "Front yard billiards" will soon be the rage.

            Rockland County Journal (Nyack, N. Y.), April 15, 1875

1875-04-15 -- Rockland County Journal (Nyack, N. Y.)

I started with the 2nd and 3rd of these, from the HRVH Historical
Newspapers file.  I looked for other appearances in the America's
Historical Newspapers file, the American Periodicals file, Gale's
Nineteenth Century Newspapers and Proquest's Historical Newspapers file.
Only the first item turned up.

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George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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