[Ads-l] Central site for antedatings WAS Re: Antedating of "Simoleon"

Wed Aug 10 17:11:08 UTC 2016

The OED is my default for antedatings.  If I find something that is earlier than they have it, I'll post it to the ADS-L and cc: the OED.

I know that Jesse used to make sure that things posted here also got to the OED, but I don't know if he or anyone else scrapes the listserv anymore.

The downside of that is that it may take a long time for the OED to update their entries with new data.

I think wiki-type places are by default public domain.  I suppose you could set up one with password access, but that would limit contributors to only those who know about it and who are vetted by the admin (could William Minor have made the cut?)

As far as credit, I doubt that many people who hunt antedatings really care, except for Barry.

I tend to think that a wiktionary set up just for antedatings would be more trouble than it is worth.

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Tim Stewart [timoteostewart1977 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:16 AM
Subject:  Re: Antedating of "Simoleon"

What would be the pros and cons of having wiktionary
<https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/simoleon>-like place for language
researchers to post antedatings? Here are a few. Would love further input
as to the pros and cons of such a site.

- Researchers could consult a single source for verifying current
earliest-known dating of word usage). At present, researchers must
double-check various listservs, websites, and blogs to see whether a
particular antedating has already been discovered or not.
- The page for a given word could include references to books, articles,
publications, web pages, and so forth about that particular word.

- Who would serve as moderators/administrators of such a system?
- Would the site's content be public domain? Would contributing to the site
amount to giving away hard-won research?


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