Misunderestimate (1940, 1952, 1966); Wikipedia tsuris

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Dec 28 21:28:20 UTC 2006

> ...
> From Newspaperarchive:

Barry, it would help if you actually checked the page images before
posting. The 1940 and 1952 results are actually false hits (in both
cases "mis-" at a line break, followed by some text that missed the
OCR, followed by "underestimated"). The 1966 hit is good, though:

1966 _Independent Star-News_ (Pasadena, Cal.) 11 Dec. 10/1 At any
rate, don't mis~underestimate the persuasive qualities of the things
that imply much more than they say.
[column by Oleg Cassini]

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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