Q: date for "bobalition"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jun 16 17:49:00 UTC 2008

Well, I have quotations from 1816, 1819, and 1822 -- all, as it
happens, via EAN, although I looked there only after encountering
others from 1822 (and all are from New England).  But my question was
really aimed at why it's absent from the OED and whether it's present
in other dictionaries.


At 6/16/2008 01:30 PM, Barnhart wrote:
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> >I don't find "bobalition" (abolition) in the OED.  When is it dated
> >to?  Should it be in the OED?
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> >Joel
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>Here is a good example of a term that benefits from "Googling".  Nexis and
>ProQuest (two pretty standard sources) have very little.  Historic NYT has
>nothing.  These I have just checked at home.  Googling produced more--569.
> From an academic library there might be more sources to search.
>If something in the 569 is strong enough, it might go into a dictionary in
>due course.  Some seem at first glance to support early 19th century
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