Antedating of "Burgle" & "Burglarize"

Bonnie Taylor-Blake b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 28 14:14:46 UTC 2013

Oops, here's an earlier thread with some antedatings on "burgle"
(1867) and "burglar" (1869).  Evan's new find for "burglarize"
antedates my June, 1840 find by a month.

Yours, competitively antedating,

On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 7:49 AM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at> wrote:

> The OED's first use for the great back-formation "burgle" is dated 1872, an=
> d for "burglarize" is 1871.  Evan Kirshenbaum has posted the following ante=
> datings on alt.usage.english:
>     Maybe you don't know it, but she _is_ a burglar.  I saw her burgle
>     three pears out of your dish; and she put her fingers in the dish
>     too, and then licked every one of them!
>                           Joanna Hooe Mathews, _Bessie at School_,
>                           1869
>     When one reads the long catalogue of unowned property--from rings
>     set with brilliants, and gold watches, down to petticoats and
>     surgical instruments--found in possession of a remanded prisoner,
>     it becomes at once apparent that the man who can burgle cleverly
>     has a promising career before him.
>                           _Notes on the Recent Murders by Brigands in
>                           Greece_, 1870
>     In this dilemma there were but two resources open to the
>     infurieded stewards,--one to carry the key _vi et armis_; the
>     other, to burglarize the cellar.
>                           _The Sporting Review_, May, 1840
> Fred Shapiro
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