[Ads-l] supercentenarianism (1995)

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 13 20:20:35 EST 2017

Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/supercentenarian <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/supercentenarian>) and the English Oxford Living Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/supercentenarian <https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/supercentenarian>) both record “supercentenarian” but not “supercentenarianism”.

The oldest citation I find on Google Books is 1995:

The Methuselah Factors: Learning from the World's Longest Living People
by Dan Georgakas
http://bit.ly/2zASFko <http://bit.ly/2zASFko>

The final explanation for the supposed supercentenarianism was that the lives of two or three women who had borne the title had been grafted to create one fictitious superwoman.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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

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