"English Was Good Enough for Jesus"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 30 16:10:40 UTC 2004

On Sun, 28 Nov 2004, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:

> Barry Popik has already turned up a 1905 cite with the "St. Paul" version,
> predating the two 1912 cites attributing the saying to David Mackenzie.
> As for the "Jesus" version, here's a Newspaperarchive cite from 1927:
>     Chronicle Telegram (Elyria,  Ohio), April 27, 1927

The Chronicle Telegram articles on Newspaperarchive are badly misdated,
and I assume this one is misdated.  What is the next earliest hit for the
Jesus version on Newspaperarchive?


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