Noodling or Hogging (Handfishing)

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Wed Dec 29 05:20:46 UTC 2004

Yeah, I sometimes cover words on my web site that OED or HDAS already
has if I find substantial antedatings, if I believe there is a new
sense or room for elaboration on an existing sense (I'll have one of
these tomorrow for "cat face"), if the word is just plain interesting,
or, on a bad day, if I've already done the work before it occurs to me
that I failed to check the big dictionaries first. "Noodle/noodling"
falls under reasons 1 and 3; "cat face" will fall under 2 and 3.

Grant Barrett

On Dec 29, 2004, at 00:06, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 28, 2004 at 11:48:10PM -0500, Grant Barrett wrote:
>> Antedatings are likely, but I was able to take "noodling" back to 1916
>> with little effort:
> Thanks to the gentleman from Missouri for this. Also, this is
> already in OED (though the entry was finished before we had
> access to Newspaperarchive, so our earliest was a 1937 from
> American Speech).
> Jesse Sheidlower

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