[Ads-l] Yet Further Antedating of "Smog"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 20 12:13:04 UTC 2019

smog (OED 1905)

1880 _Santa Cruz Weekly Sentinel_ 3 July 3/5 (Newspapers.com)  The morning fog ... is really not fog at all, but cloud of pure white mist, warmer and much less wetting than a "Scotch Mist," not differing entirely from the true British fog, facetiously spelled "smog" because always colored and strongly impregnated with smoke, a mixture as unwholesome as it is unpleasant.

Fred Shapiro

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

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