Antedating of _Rag_ 'To Play Ragtime'

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 30 18:22:51 UTC 2007

rag (OED, v.5, 1905)

1894 _Leavenworth Herald_ [reprinting _Kansas City Star_] 22 Dec. in Lynn
Abbott & Doug Seroff _Out of Sight_ (2002) 448  A Kansas girl who attended
a function in this town where they sang "Answered" and "Brown October
Ale," said it only needed "O, Promise Me" and a little "ragging" to make
her feel entirely at home.

Fred Shapiro

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