Date: Mon, 18 Sep 1995 20:41:37 -0500 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: Re: Usage: "any more" (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 18 Sep 1995 09:58:15 -0700 (PDT) From: Janet Harader To: DYSON[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Cc: Stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU Subject: Re: Usage: "any more" "The Random House Dictionary of the English Usage" states that anymore is commonly spelled as one word. They give two definitions. The second, which is "nowadays; presently" gives the date of 1350-1400; Middle English "ani more any longer". The dictionary does not give a source of a book or quote where the word originated, only a date. - - - Janet Harader E-mail: jharader[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Reference Librarian Voice: (209) 582-0261 Kings County Library Fax: (209) 583-6163 - - - On Sun, 17 Sep 1995 DYSON[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] wrote: > Can anyone supply me with a first-seen-in-print cite for the usage of "any > more" not in its customary sense of "no longer" or "any longer" (Bob does not > live here any more), but meaning "nowadays" (Any more you can't tell the > difference)? I assume it is an Americanism, though I never heard it as I was > growing up. Perhaps our British and Australian colleagues can indicate whether > they hear it used that way as well. Thanks. > > John Dyson > Spanish and Portuguese > Indiana University > >