Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 00:12:24 EST
From: Bapopik Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: All America (1889)
"All America" is an Americanism.
It's not slang, so it's not in the HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN
It's not regional (it's All American), so it's not in the DICTIONARY OF
AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH.
It wasn't in the DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS and it wasn't in the OXFORD
ENGLISH DICTIONARY that I could see.
Drove me nuts!!
At the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana, Nancy Eide
(Nancy.Eide[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CollegeFootball.org) responded that "All America" was first used
in "This Week's Sport" (whatever that is) in 1889. There must have been other
lists published soon after this--leading to the phrase "everybody's All
American" that I found ten years later and that was the title of a Frank
Deford novel and film.