"Check us in"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Sat Sep 15 12:44:47 UTC 2007

On Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 08:32:55AM -0400, Ron Silliman wrote:
> Can anyone help me identify when the phrase "checking in" became routine
> when discussing staying at hotels or inns. The phrase shows up in the new
> western 3:10 to Yuma and it jars there as though it were 20th century
> language in a 19th century setting. But maybe I'm wrong.

The OED's first example is from 1918. No doubt this could now be
improved somewhat, but....

Jesse Sheidlower

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