[Ads-l] Antedating of "Spoof"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 4 21:55:34 UTC 2019

spoof (OED 1884 [13 Dec.])

1884 _Sporting Times_ 2 Aug. 5/1 (British Newspaper Archive)  On last Tuesday, next to the Stakes, the event of the day was Captain Valentine playing Spoof with Morey and Janey.  It wasn't played according to the strict rules of the game, and would have made such keen professors of the art as Arthur Roberts and Alf Saville weep, but the Captain won the midshipmen's caps and all the gold buttons.

Fred Shapiro

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