roadside bomb

Tom Dalzell slangman at PACBELL.NET
Fri Dec 24 22:29:23 UTC 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS, January 29, 1979, AM cycle

DATELINE: Tolosa, Spain

A roadside bomb exploded near a two-truck convoy carrying explosives
through this northern Basque town Monday, seriously wounding three
paramilitary civil guards.

Tom Dalzell

Dave Wilton wrote:

>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
>>Of Dennis Baron
>>Sent: Friday, December 24, 2004 2:03 PM
>>Subject: roadside bomb
>>I've been trying to track down a history for roadside bomb, but I don't
>>find it in the oed online and my nexis/lexis isn't working today for
>>some reason. has anyone got some pre-Gulf War 2 cites for the phrase?
>Google Groups has cites going back to 1997. The earliest is from a statement
>by State Dept. Spokesman James Rubin on 22 Oct 1997: "The Monitoring Group
>acknowledged that on October 19, 1997, a roadside bomb was detonated by a
>Lebanese armed group on the Anan-Bisri road, resulting in the explosion of a
>vehicle and the death of its two occupants."
>(, 23 Oct 97)
>Most of the early references seem to be about Lebanon. Some are about
>roadside bombs in Bosnia.
>--Dave Wilton
>  dave at

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