Antedating of "Poker Face"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 29 01:44:42 UTC 2013

On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> refusing to accept as authority

I've heard that phonograph records don't provide acceptable dating.
Because of the difficulty of finding a copy of the 78 and verifying
its dated label? Thanks to the Web, that's not necessarily a major
problem, anymore, seem like to me.

Just idly wondering. I don't have a stash of notebooks full of
heretofore-unknown Negroisms culled from old blues, jazz, and R&B 78's
or such like waiting to be transcribed and e-mailed to Jesse.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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