Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 10:33:05 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: VETERANS DAY SPECIAL: World War Greg Downing and Fred Shapiro write respectively, >> In 1919 they were innocent enough not to realize they would need to >>number >>them (that's not an original comment from me; I read or heard it >>somewhere). >Also note that the OED has a citation for "World War No. 2" dated 1919. There is, clearly, a difference between "the First World War" and "World War I" (kings and popes tend not to call themselves Charles/Pius I either), but on the latter point, I seem to recall mentions of World War III (vs. the Russians, of course) being bandied about from the late 1940s and certainly the early 1950s. --Larry