[Ads-l] romcom (1963)

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 7 19:03:22 UTC 2019

OED3 (2005 draft entry) has 1971 as the earliest cite for "romcom" =
"romantic comedy." Merriam-Webster gives the same year. Here it is from

Vancouver Sun, Feb. 8, 1963, p. 63, col. 3
Ch. 2, 11:33 - The Bridal Path (rom-com, 1959).

This is from TV listings for movies -- true of most of the early cites,
including the OED's 1971 example. The Vancouver Sun listing uses standard
abbreviations for genres: "dra" for "drama," "mys" for "mystery," "mus" for
"musical," "adv" for "adventure," "wes" for "western," etc. There are a
number of other hybrids on the same page, such as "mus-dra," "mys-com," and
"rom-dra." Another movie, "Let's Live a Little" with Hedy Lamarr, is listed
as "com-rom," which I guess means it's more comedy than romance.

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