[Ads-l] Antedating of "Neptune" (Planet)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 24 00:11:58 UTC 2022

Neptune (OED, 3., 1847)

1846 _Morning Post_ 7 Oct. 6/4 (Newspapers.com)

M. Leverrier, to whom belongs the right of naming it [a newly discovered planet], does not agree to the too significative name of Janus, but will consent to any other (Neptune, for instance,) which would have the assent of astronomers.

Fred Shapiro

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

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