Antedatings of "shoo-in"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 19 16:17:47 UTC 2013

On Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> Wonder what the first cite of the classic eggcorn "shoe-in" is…

William Safire talked about "shoe-in" in a 1984 On Language column:

>From a quick Google Books search I can find it from 1973:

Stanley Elkin, "The Condominium," in _Searches & Seizures: Three
Novellas_ (1973), p. 248
"Thirty-seven and built like a horse," someone else said, "a shoe-in
for Security."


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