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Jun
10
comment Origin of an ethnic slur
The 1797 is irrelevant. It has SHEEN, SHEENY: Bright, glittering, shewy. SHEEN, Brightness, splendour. Here's the full book.
Jun
10
comment “Email” or “e-mail”?
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Jun
9
awarded  Caucus
Jun
8
comment Who is the guardian of the protégé
Why the •s in pro•té•gé?
Jun
6
revised Origin of 'acle' ending in words
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Jun
4
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
2
comment Origin of doolally [tap]
Yes. There's a whole raft of [place] [word-for-fever] names, like Malta dog, Hong Kong dog, Ceylon sore mouth, Aztec two-step, Greek gallop, Rome runs, Tokyo trots, from soldiers and sailors getting sick in hot places (english.stackexchange.com/a/50805/9001). This sounds like originally just another variant, that's then changed meanings and lost the tap.
Jun
2
comment Origin of doolally [tap]
I've sent the antedatings to the OED.
Jun
2
answered Origin of doolally [tap]
May
30
comment Does “so called” have a negative connotation in English?
Here's an example of so-called being used to explain a technical tem: the company had not installed a so-called "acoustic switch" on the blowout preventer theguardian.com/environment/2010/may/03/…
May
27
comment Why would you “throw” a party?
@DavidRicherby: The OED or a contributor :)
May
27
comment Why would you “throw” a party?
(Well, Google have made their Google Books feedback channel even worse: now only authors or copyright holders can report issues with books. The authors are dead. There is no copyright. On the other hand, HathiTrust have a helpful popup form to report problems.)
May
27
comment Why would you “throw” a party?
Here's the whole text, and unfortunately it's yet another case of Google misdating texts. The start of the chapter says "today (1948)". The file begins with the 1907 Fitz Randolph family history book, but after about 150 pages a second book about the Moran family. I'll report the error to Google and HathiTrust (but will only expect a positive response from HathiTrust). It's not unusual for Google to run more than one book together, and serves as a caution against trusting Google snippets!
May
26
comment Why would you “throw” a party?
I found a 1916 (and 1917, 1919 and 1920) before Babbit.
May
26
comment Why would you “throw” a party?
I've sent these antedatings to the OED.
May
26
answered Why would you “throw” a party?
May
25
revised Etymology of “bridge” (the card game)
Unquote the questions for clarity
May
23
awarded  Yearling
May
23
revised What are some good sites for researching etymology?
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May
20
comment Where does the term “hardware” in computer science comes from?
@static: Yes, "mid-15c" means mid 15th century (so somewhere around the 1450s-ish), when hardware meant small metal goods. Hardware for a computer is from at least 1947. 1789 refers to hardware store, and this is the earliest date we have evidence, most likely in print.