Antedating of _Rag_ 'A Type of Musical Composition"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 29 18:36:36 UTC 2007

rag (OED, n.5 2., 1897)

1894 _Leavenworth Herald_ 8 Dec. in Lynn Abbott & Doug Seroff _Out of
Sight_ (2002) 448  Kansas City girls can't play anything on pianos except
"rags," and the wordst king of "rags" at that.

Fred Shapiro

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