[Ads-l] mouth organ, harmonicon, harmonica

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Mon Jan 18 03:18:51 EST 2021


And the "Jew's harp" name comes from the fact that the inventor is a Jew?

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Aan 18 jan. 2021 05:11, Jonathan Lighter schreef:

> 'Harmonica'
>
> 1866: OED
>
> 1863 _New-York Herald_ (Dec. 15) 1: The common harmonicon, known to
> schoolboys as the "mouth organ."
>
> ("Harmonicon"; 1876, OED.)
>
> There are earlier exx., but they're at least as likely to refer to panpipes
> or even Jew's-harps.
>
> II
>
> Harmonica
>
> 'Jew's-harp'
>
> Not in OED.
>
> 1825 _Caledonian Mercury_ [Edinburgh) (June 16) 2: The Jews [sic] Harp ...
> A.M. Eulenstein, from Heilbron, has invented a new instrument, or rather
> improved the little instrument already spoken of, which he calls the Mouth
> Harmonica, on which he has been performing various pieces of music, much to
> the astonishment and delight of numerous private circles.
>
> JL
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