Date: Tue, 13 Feb 1996 09:52:54 PST

From: tom creswell creswell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CROWN.NET

Subject: Re: quantum leap


According to _Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.Tenth Edition_, 1993.

The earliest print occurrence recorded in their citation files of the use of

_quantum_ to mean "large, significant" is 1942, considerably earlier than the

TV show to which you refer. You might, of course, be right that the TV use

accelerated the spread of its use in this sense

Tom Creswell.