[Ads-l] Slight Antedating of "Drag" (Cross-Dressing)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 14 20:07:19 UTC 2023

drag, n. (OED, 3.g., 1870 [29 May])

1870 _Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper_ 22 May 7/3 (Newspapers.com)  Cross-examined by Mr. Besley: ... he said that he would have some fancy dress affair, and that they would come in "drag," which is the slang term for women's clothes.

Fred Shapiro

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