[Ads-l] Ghost Town

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun May 3 18:47:19 UTC 2020

Many urban areas are being described as "ghost towns" during the pandemic.  OED has 1931.

Kansas Farmer and Mail and Breeze (Topeka, Kansas) 09 Aug 1895 p 3, col 1

"This important adjunct of a free people was situated out on the prairie, at the site of a deserted village popularly called Ghost Town."

The Centralia Enterprise and Tribune (Centralia, Wisconsin) 28 Oct 1899, Sat p 12 col 2

"Sid Grossman reports that New York was like a ghost town last Tuesday, as result of Mayor O'Dwyer's order halting all non-essential business operations to conserve fuel."

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

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