Antedating of "The Late Unpleasantness"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 23 21:12:54 UTC 2004

late unpleasantness (OED, s.v. unpleasantness, 1868)

1867 _Nation_ 17 Oct. 307  There is an outbreak of this sort of fun just
now in the Democratic papers, which were always quite good at it, and we
believe the press of that party has not been so cheerful since some years
before the late unpleasantness.

Fred Shapiro

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