Antedating of "Scatological"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon May 26 21:50:34 UTC 2014

scatological (OED 1924)

1887 _Life_ 6 Oct. (American Periodical Series)  "La Terre," M. Zola's last story, is discovered by these discerning young men to be a nasty book, and Col. Theodore Child writes from Paris to the _Sun_, to say that their protest has been sustained throughout France, and the great master of realism is generally denounced as "coarse, erratic and scatological."

Fred Shapiro

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