[Ads-l] Antedating of "Free World" (Non-Communist World)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Nov 17 22:49:48 UTC 2019

Free World (OED 1947)

1946 _Berkshire Eagle_ (Pittsfield, Mass.) 9 Sept. 10/5 (Newspapers.com)  We can reasonably look forward to a time when Germans will nakedly present, for the whole world to see, the clearest contrast between the fruits of the free world of the West and the slave world of the East.

NOTE:  I have previously pointed out that there was an earlier sense of "free world" meaning "the world not dominated by the Axis in World War II."  This appeared as early as Time Magazine, Mar. 10, 1941.

Fred Shapiro

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

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