Antedating of "Rough Trade"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed May 19 11:43:40 UTC 2010

rough trade (OED 1935)

1927 Mae West _The Drag_ in _Three Plays by Mae West_ (1997) 131  He's a taxi-driver! ... Rough trade, dearie!  [This occurs clearly in a homosexual context.]

Fred Shapiro

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