Re: "Fair Use" Not in OED

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Feb 15 20:23:34 UTC 2006

In a message dated 2/15/06 2:09:19 PM, JMB at STRADLEY.COM writes:

>         4.      Not a point, but a question for our lexicographers:  In
> a case like this, how far back should the history of a term be traced?
> Should we think of "fair use" as going back to 1821, or only to 1869?
> Is the answer different for a dictionary like the OED, which gives
> quotes, than for a dictionary like M-W, which just gives a date?

Some questions have no clear answers. I like what the RDAS does with early 
POSSIBLE cites--they put them in brackets (see, e.g. the entry for GAY--though I 
maintain that they should have put the BRINGING UP BABY cite in square 
brackers as well).

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