[Ads-l] snooker (Woolwich slang; newly-joined cadet), antedated to 1859

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Aug 4 07:43:06 EDT 2020

OED gives 1872.

The foster brothers :
being a history of the school and college life of two young men /

James Payn

English Book : Fiction 405 pages ; 20 cm
New York : Appleton. [GB; also published in London]

Pages 190-191
[....] these [/191] newly-elected youths joined the college almost immediately.
They were called by the oldsters "something snookers;" after the first term
they were "snookers" without the expletive; after that they were simply "neuxes"
like all the others, who were neither "old cadets" nor "corporals."
The author, James Payne, spend some time in the 1840s in the
Military Academy at Woolwich.

Stephen Goranson

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

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