Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 17:17:18 -0400

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

Subject: Re: Bulldog Edition

At 04:43 PM 9/4/97 -0400, you wrote:

I am looking for the origin of "bulldog edition." Any takers?

OED2 cites "bull-dog edition" at bull-dog (n.), meaning 10, defining it as

the earliest edition of a daily of Sunday paper, labelling it "U.S." and

giving a first citation dated 1926. It does not explain the logic behind the

term (which I guess is what you are looking for), but rather than speculate

in Horne Tooke fashion I'll point to the many prior figurative uses of

"bull-dog" treated at meanings 1c through 7b (see for example the

attributive use of "bull-dog" meaning "strong," 7b). Maybe that's the

general semantic field we're talking about as a background for "bull-dog

edition." Anyone have more specific information about the derivation of

"bull-dog edition"?

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