[Ads-l] Antedating of "Sociolinguistic"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 21 01:51:29 UTC 2022

Nice find, Fred. The Kansas City Star item is an excerpt from Wilson
Follett's column "The State of the Language" in the Feb. 1939 issue of The

(paywalled, but can be read in incognito mode)

Follett's column tackles the proper form of address for a college
professor. Here's more context:

If anyone can suggest a wholesome and wholesale way of coping with this
sociolinguistic problem, I trust he will confide it to me, for thus far I
have been unable to evolve any better compromise than to salute a bona fide
practising professor as 'Dear Mr. X.' and then direct the envelope to
Professor X. as a sop to identification, letting the recipient think me as
crude or careless as he may.


On Mon, Nov 21, 2022 at 1:34 AM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:

> sociolinguistic (OED 1942)
> 1939 Kansas City Star 27 Feb. 16/2 (Newspapers.com)  A wholesome and
> wholesale way of coping with this sociolinguistic problem.
> Fred Shapiro

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