tennis elbow

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Fri Dec 3 18:30:01 UTC 2004

On Fri, 3 Dec 2004 11:43:43 -0600, Mullins, Bill
<Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:

>Not in OED
>_The Quincy [Illinois] Herald_, 9 Oct 1890, p. 6/1
>"Too constant a devotion to lawn tennis occasions the peculiar and painful
>"tennis elbow." "

It's in OED2, under "tennis":

1883 Pall Mall G. 30 May 3/1 If *tennis elbow becomes anything like as
usual an ailment as tennis playing is an accomplishment.

APS on Proquest has another 1883 cite from _Medical and Surgical
Reporter_. There are also cites in _Outing_ (on the AAF site) from 1885
and 1889.

--Ben Zimmer

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