[Ads-l] lieut

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 8 10:22:31 EST 2016

Incredibly not in OED, even as a written abbreviation, though it does
include the slangy spelling "loot" from 1898.

1779 Ethan Allen _Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity_ [ Boston:
Draper & Folsom] 11: He happened to meet with some disagreeable treatment,
as he imagined, from a Lieut. of a man of war, and one word brought on
another, 'til the Lieut. challenged him to a duel on the plains of Abraham.

See HDAS for more, incl. "luff."


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