Antedating of "Alky"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 13 12:19:40 UTC 2003

The word _alky_ 'alcoholic' is dated 1960 by OED, 1956 by HDAS.  Here is
an earlier example:

1940 _Chicago Daily News_ 30 Apr. in _Alcoholics Anonymous 1939-1942_
"Alkies," they called themselves, or "rummies."

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  Access and Lecturer in Legal Research     Yale University Press,
Yale Law School                             forthcoming
e-mail: fred.shapiro at     

More information about the Ads-l mailing list