[Ads-l] Antedating "Chestnut" - an old joke or story

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Fri Jan 11 15:37:55 UTC 2019

On Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:06:36 Zone - 0500 ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> quoted from

Date: November 16, 1871
Newspaper: The Burlington Free Press
Newspaper Location: Burlington, Vermont
Article: (Untitled item)
Quote Page 2, Column 2 and 3
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
<snip>since he [Beecher] has appeared in the role of a sympathizer with Tweed, he has become
demoralized, we fear, in various ways.
[End excerpt]

Is "demoralized" here a malapropism, or did it once have the meaning "lost one's moral standing"?

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