Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 00:37:20 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: All America (1889) At 12:12 AM 1/7/98 EST, you wrote: > "All America" is an Americanism. > It's not slang, so it's not in the HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN >SLANG. > 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] 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. > See also, in OED2, all, section E (combs., far down in the entry), meaning 6b, where the first cite, dated Nov. 1888, is from _Outing_ (a periodical, I imagine). All-American appears thirteen times times in OED2, but the early cites are in the passage just indicated. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]