skeptical about "buck" ("1856")

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Thu Feb 28 05:16:10 UTC 2013

I'm looking at the facsimile provided by the American Historical Newspapers

There is a slight error in the date. It is the issue of 3 July 1856, not 25
July. But otherwise it seems to be correct. (The s in "bucks" is unreadable;
that may just be an artifact of the imaging process.)

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Jonathan Lighter
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Subject: skeptical about "buck" ("1856")

Can anyone confirm the accuracy or authenticity of the well-known OED cite
for "buck" 'dollar' from the _Democratic Journal_ of Sacramento in 1856?

It appears to occurs at least thirty years before any further exx., which
now makes me uncomfortable.


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