[Ads-l] Antedating of "Loan Shark"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 1 01:03:06 UTC 2020

loan shark (OED 1905)

1875 _Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury_ 24 Apr. 12/2 (Newspapers.com)  It was not the privileges of Parliament that were involved, but the interests of loan sharks and lobbyers.

NOTE: This citation calls into question the statement "Originally U.S." in OED.

Fred Shapiro

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

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