Date: Thu, 3 Oct 1996 11:37:05 -0400

From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM

Subject: Re: New word? playdate

My kids have been playing with other kids for the past 10 years, but just

within the last year mothers have started saying "Let's arrange a playdate--"

a time when the kids can play. Even my daughter picked it up as a new term,

at least for our circle of friends. Is this really new or are we leading

sheltered lives?

This is entered in the _Random House Webster's College Dictionary._

Our earliest evidence is from the mid-1980s. I have little doubt that

it's at least somewhat earlier than this.

Jesse Sheidlower

Random House Reference