"Morning in America" (1984); "Teflon" President (1983)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 10 11:34:45 UTC 2004

On Wed, 9 Jun 2004, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote:

> this? Also, it would be interesting to know when the phrase was first
> used with the definite article (which changed the sense of 'great',
> of course) -- was this before the 1980 election?

Earliest with definite article on Nexis is U.S. News & World Report, 8
Dec. 1980.

Fred Shapiro

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