[Ads-l] "off the cuff" antedated to 1934

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Feb 21 15:48:03 UTC 2015

The previous earliest mentioned was Aug. 16, 1936 (discussed at Language Log and Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog).

Gene Fowler, Father Goose The Story of Mack Sennett (NY: Covici, Friede, 1934) page 147:
He set up his cameras with showmanlike haste and began shooting extemporaneously-, or, "off the cuff."

Stephen Goranson


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