antedating of shindig (1846)

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Mon Sep 3 02:35:59 UTC 2007

This is also spelled "shindy".  Acc. to my notes, it's in DAE from 1829, I didn't note which spelling, and don't have DAE to hand.  However....

        [a watchman,] hearing a bit of a shindy at a house occupied by a couple of 'darkies,' [entered, and] found both husband and wife pretty well 'how come you so'
        New York Times, January 9, 1837, p. 3, col. 1

        [trial arising from a brawl in a dance house, 9th Ave. and 42nd St., December 13, 1841:] this 'shindig' as it was
called, was a scene of great violence, riot and disorder.
        New-York Daily Tribune, May 10, 1842, p. 3, col. 1


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU>
Date: Sunday, September 2, 2007 10:07 am
Subject: antedating of shindig (1846)

> Raleigh Register, and North-Carolina Gazette, (Raleigh, NC) Tuesday,
> January 20,
> 1846; Issue 6; col C      Editor?s Correspondence (Gale)
> "And Mr, Buchanan, who also declined appearing at the Locofoco
> "shindig," but
> sent a note, which was read in the Ball-room,...."
> Stephen Goranson
> ------------------------------------------------------------
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