Flat ware (1746)
Joanne M. Despres
jdespres at MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM
Fri Apr 25 14:25:23 UTC 2003
On 24 Apr 2003, at 22:54, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> OED and Merriam-Webster both have 1851 for "flatware." Merriam-Webster gives a pointer to compare this to "hollowware," which it dates to 1682. This should have been a clue that we're AT LEAST a century off here.
> Gosh, is this stuff bad. That's why I do parking tickets for a living.
But remember, Barry -- we're dating words, not things! Very
important distinction to keep in mind.
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