Antedating of Safire and OED on "Slam Dunk"

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Jun 12 11:31:36 UTC 2004

Could "West Unself" be "Wes Unseld" in disguise?


>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
>Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
>Associate Librarian for Collections and     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
>   Access and Lecturer in Legal Research     Yale University Press,
>Yale Law School                             forthcoming
>e-mail: fred.shapiro at     

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