Antedating of "Gung Ho"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 12 20:02:38 UTC 2014

I should add that the article says "Condensed from Survey Graphic and appearing in the Reader's Digest", so earlier usage of "gung ho" can probably be found in Survey Graphic and Reader's Digest.

Fred Shapiro

From: Shapiro, Fred
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:44 PM
Subject: Antedating of "Gung Ho"

gung ho (OED 1943)

1941 _China Weekly Review_ 19 Apr. 232 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  There is a new battle cry in China today.  It is Gung-ho, and it means "Work together!" ... Gung-ho is China's answer to invasion and blockage.  It is the slogan of the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives, which have created a system of "guerrilla industry" to supply the fighting forces.

Fred Shapiro

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