[Ads-l] Antedating of "Americanism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Oct 2 13:11:32 EDT 2020


Americanism (OED 1781)

1779 _Edinburgh Eighth-Day Magazine_ I. 332 (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)  My original name is _Hysteron Proteron_, which in the English language signifies _putting the cart before the horse_; a most eligible and most successful method, as every man of sound sense and loyalty, who is not infected with Americanism and a spirit of rebellion against the _powers that be_, must readily own.


Fred Shapiro

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