Antedating of "Canasta"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 1 17:30:10 UTC 2004

canasta (OED July 1948)

1948 _Wash. Post_ 14 May C5 (ProQuest)  There is a new game, too.  It is
called canasta, which means basket in Spanish.  A new form of Oklahoma, it
is played with two packs of cards.

Fred Shapiro

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