"[all] found"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat May 14 14:57:08 UTC 2011

It was a chore to find "found" = "room and board" in the OED.  It's
under "find, v." (Sept. 2010), sense 18.a., as "all found (also,
chiefly U.S., simply found) (in regard to servants): with all
customary articles of food, etc., provided."  (I ingeniously thought
to look for the phrase "dollars and found", and found exactly one quotation.)

Should the "U.S., simply found" be given its own entry, as "found",
presumably a "n."?  (And some given "found" these days would resent
being classed as "servants".)


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