Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 16:30:31 -0400
From: Fred Shapiro
Subject: Re: "concerning," adj.

The earliest modern example I can find for the adjectival _concerning_ is
in Dallas Morning News, May 26, 1986:

"Our data shows that 2 percent of our players are responsible for 20
percent of the fights," he said. "I find this very concerning."

(I also have a 1983 wire service story usage, but the above is the
earliest printed cite I can find.)

Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry)
Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD
and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES
Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998
e-mail: fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ISBN 0-19-509547-2