The Telegraph and the OED

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 2 18:20:16 UTC 2010

The Hudson Chronicle of May 7, 1859 contains the poem (ack N.Y.
Evening Post) on the front page in column 6 in NewspaperArchive. The
search word "underdog" finds the instance, but the image scan actually
shows the existence of a space: "under dog". (Note there are earlier
instances in 1859 of the term and the poem.)

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Michael Quinion
<wordseditor at> wrote:
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> Fred Shapiro wrote:
>> The Yale Book of Quotations seems to believe that David Barker's 1859
>> poem about "the under dog in the fight" is the origin of "underdog."  Is
>> the Hudson Chronicle of Wisconsin occurrence that poem?  What database
>> did you get the Hudson Chronicle occurrence from?
> I know it was newspaperarchive I searched, but searching again doesn't
> throw up a result (and I didn't keep a copy). I would not have thought the
> original result was from the poem (I would have recognised it, surely),
> but having browsed NPA's papers, it must have been the issue of 7 May
> 1859, in which the only hit is from the poem. Colour me confused ...
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