"movie" compounds

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Tue Dec 28 01:11:46 UTC 2004

On Mon, 27 Dec 2004 06:45:23 -0500, Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>

>On Mon, 27 Dec 2004, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>> movie picture (OED3 1916)
>> 1909 _(Elyria, Ohio) Evening Telegram_ 1 April 1/6 Fourteen Elyria stage
>> hands have formed a union to be affliated with the Theatrical Stage
>> Employees and Movie Picture Operators Union [sic].
>Now come on, clearly this is one of the misdated Elyria Evening Telegram
>issues.  As I have posted at length, there are no usages of the word
>"movie" that check out prior to 1911.

My apologies-- I neglected to double-check that one.  The actual date for
the cite is 1919, not 1909.

--Ben Zimmer

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