[Ads-l] Antedating of "Upper Class"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 4 23:23:46 UTC 2020

upper class (OED, s.v. class, n. 2.a., 1826)

1812 _La Belle Assemble/e_ 1 Jan. (19th Century U.K. Periodicals)  Articles ... which may be calculated to accommodate and interest, and be worthy the attention of Ladies in the upper classes of life, or which may be necessary to respectable Families and their dependants.

Fred Shapiro

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

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