Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 08:34:51 -0500

From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU

Subject: Re: Has-been

At 08:19 AM 1/16/98 EST, you wrote:

Just how old is "has been"?

Taint exactly new -- see OED2 "has-been," with cites dated 1606, 1786

(Burns), and 1827.

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]