Antedating of Safire and OED on "Slam Dunk"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Jun 12 10:52:40 UTC 2004

In tomorrow's "On Language" column in the N.Y. Times, William Safire cites
the OED's 1976 first use for the term "slam dunk."  Here's earlier from

1971 _Kennebec Journal_ 14 Jan. 12  West's 20-foot jumper, only his second
field goal of the game, and Alcindor's slam dunk over Baltimore's West
Unself gave the West a 102-101 lead with 3 1 2 minutes to go.

Fred Shapiro

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