Antedating of "Radio"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Dec 5 13:52:41 UTC 2006

I thought I might have had "radio" from Douglas Mawson in the
Antarctic (book 1915, expedition a few years earlier), but no -- his
people still referred to it as "wireless".  Although they did
wireless each other (not in OED2 as a verb), and introduced a number
of noun combinations with "wireless" as the noun attributive (e.g.,
wireless set).


At 12/4/2006 10:20 PM, you wrote:
>radio (non-attributive usage) (OED 1917)
>1914 _Chicago Defender_ 21 Nov. 3 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
>(heading) Radio controls boat's course.
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