[Ads-l] Slight Antedating of "Radioactivity"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 23 21:43:17 UTC 2022

radioactivity (OED 1899 3 Feb.)

1899 _Times_ 20 Jan. 14/1 (Newspapers.com)

They [M. and Mme. Curie] have announced the existence of yet another element, radium, in the mineral.  This is closely allied to barium, and appears to be possessed of extraordinarily high radio-activity, as they term it.

Fred Shapiro

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

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