up-state update

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 18 02:07:49 UTC 2011

I ran a quick GB search on (unrelated) up/downmarket terminology. Two quick
conclusions--the number of uses is more diverse than what OED represents,
and the term appears much earlier than the OED indicates. Neither is a
surprise, but I have not turned it into a project yet.


On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 5:14 PM, David Barnhart <dbarnhart at highlands.com>wrote:

> I am sure there are earlier quotes for up-state/upstate.  But, most of the
> hits are bogus to this term.
> Found in a NY state newspaper (_The World_, 12/05/1896, p 3) the following:
> "Certainly," answered the witness; "and a country Democrat is the same as a
> country Republican when it comes to city affairs."
> The up-state legislators sniffed the air contemptuously at this, but
> refrained from assailing the home-rule proposition.

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