[Ads-l] Antedating of "Bonsai"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 6 02:17:44 UTC 2015

bonsai (OED 1950)

1928 _Japan Times & Mail_ 11 Dec. 4/6 (Japan Times Archive)  Visitors to the Bonsai exhibition now being held at the Hibiya Park will notice that there are two different kinds of Bonsai.  Bonsai is a miniature tree, and its principle value lies in representing the form and appearance of a gigantic plant in a miniature form. ... The first type is to show the shape and beauty of an old or large tree with a miniature plant, and the second is to present a beautiful and artistic composition as seen in a painting.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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