"basket weaving" revisited

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Wed May 23 23:14:07 UTC 2007

   In 2003 several ads-l members produced a thread on "basket weaving" and "underwater basketweaving"
(= a ridiculously easy college course).  I'm presently compiling that information for a working paper in Comments on Etymology, and due credit will of course be given.

    Barry Popik has a 1950 quote for "Hopi basket weaving", 1952 for just "basket weaving" and 1969 for "underwater basketweaving."  Might any of the recently available databases (or any other source) contain earlier attestations?  Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

Gerald Cohen

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