Linguistic dark matter

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Sun Dec 19 16:26:36 UTC 2010

I'm puzzled.  I typed in "shyster" and see some limited use around 1800 and 1820.  But I know from my research  that the term originated in 1843 (I wrote two monographs on the term a while back) .  This is no doubt a basic question: How does one check to see what sources Google cites to back up its presentation of "shyster" being used earlier?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Gerald Cohen

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