Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 08:19:50 EST From: Bapopik Subject: Has-been The RHHDAS H-O doesn't have "has-been." The DA has it from 1896. This somewhat-related term is from SPORTING LIFE, 20 October 1886 (yep, there's more), pg. 3, col. 4: EVEN in California they now speak of Charlie Sweeney as a "used-to-be." Damon Runyan used "has-been" frequently in his writings. It was a popular baseball phrase from 1910-1930. SPORTING LIFE, 6 May 1911, pg. 7, cols. 2-3, has a poem called "LAMENT OF THE 'HAS BEEN.'" Just how old is "has been"? 1896? The following--in both italics and quotation marks--is from the New York Morning Express, 4 September 1844, pg. 1, col. 1: Correspondence of the Express. GLOUCESTER, (MASS.) August 2, 1844 I prophecy, that in two years, Nahant will be numbered among the "_has beens_," for Gloucester is at last in a fair way of being noticed and known.