antedating of shindig (1846)

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Mon Sep 3 13:38:51 UTC 2007

Shindy is, indeed, in DAE with 1829.  It's defined there as "a commotion;
row."  Sense 2 is for _cut a chindy, to raise a commotion. (c1849).

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>Poster:       George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: antedating of shindig (1846)
>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.
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>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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