Antedating of "Workaholic"

Shapiro, Fred Fred.Shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 18 03:55:06 UTC 2008

"Workaholic" has a first use of 1968 in OED.  I contributed that citation to OED, and also wrote a note in American Speech about this 1968 usage by Wayne Oates, which has generally been regarded as the coinage.  But now I find an earlier example by searching Newspaperarchive:

1962 _News Tribune_ (Fort Pierce, Fla.) 23 Sept. 4  But how should a young man starting out in life guard against becoming a workaholic?

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                                     Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and     YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS
  Access and Lecturer in Legal Research  Yale University Press
Yale Law School                                    ISBN 0300107986
e-mail: fred.shapiro at

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list