"Puck" (hockey, 1886)

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Feb 13 15:35:38 UTC 2006

On Sun, Feb 12, 2006 at 09:20:16PM -0800, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> On 2/12/06, Jesse Sheidlower <jester at panix.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, Feb 12, 2006 at 11:37:55PM -0500, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> > > What does the revised OED have? The old OED has 1891, but I can look at
> > > better sources.
> >
> > Coincidentally, I just worked on this entry last week, and found
> > the same source.
> And there's this from the previous month:
> 1886 _Boston Daily Globe_ 28 Feb. 2/5 In hockey a flat piece of
> rubber, say four inches long by three wide and about an inch thick,
> called a "puck," is used. The "puck," being flat, clings to the floor,
> and does not admit of being lifted into the air.

I should clarify that when I said "same source", I didn't mean it;
I meant "same quote"--I used the Globe quote that Ben found and
when Barry posted the Police Gaz. quote I looked at the text but
not the source, which is, as Ben pointed out subsequently,

Jesse Sheidlower

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