This may be posted in the wrong place.
I searched for “hathitrust” on the board, but nothing came up. I almost posted this in the “HD: 1968 Words” thread, since I came to this information while investigating the origin of the word “shtup” which appeared in that thread, but it didn’t seem to fit there, and it didn’t seem to fit in the “Meta Discussion” area, either.
I decided it deserved a thread of its own.
Just before posting, I searched for “Hathi” and found the following thread, started by Faldage in 2008, mentioning “Hathi Trust”:
It’s nearly four years old. The pagination issue raised and discussed in that thread has not been fixed. But there are other improvements. I certainly had to find the Hathi Trust resource on my own.
I thought it might be useful to start a thread where openly available, non-pay-walled resources for investigating word-origin examples in printed/published sources might be listed and discussed.
So I decided to start this thread despite the earlier mention of Hathi Trust. It may deserve to be deleted or moved.
I was frustrated by recent ‘improvements’ in google books--particularly, in the search and snipping functions. Looking for an alternative, I found this: http://www.hathitrust.org/about
Using it, I searched for an early instance of “shtup,” and found this:
Band of Brothers, by Ernest Frankel, Macmillan Company, New York, 1958, page 122:
..."Aye, aye, Corporal, sir.” Lock walked over to the distressed
marine. “Make it speedy, buddy-roe. That’s a hell of a place to get
frostbite.” He joined Firesteen again. “Mission accomplished, Gen-
“I’ll give you the Order of The Tuchas for that.”
“Took-us. Means hiney, huh?” Lock smiled, and began counting
off his vocabulary on his fingers. ”Smuck ...”
“SH-muck,” Firesteen said.
“That’s what I said. Smuck, puhtz, momser, shtup ... I keep
learnin’, Mel, I’ll be talkin’ Jewish right good.”
Firesteen grinned. “You don’t know nothin’ but dirty words.”
“Them’s the only ones you use.”
“Hey, one of you fellas!” The bazookaman was whispering urgently.
“Need my helmet."…
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Link to the above quote:
It’s not a “shtup” 1968 antedate. It’s obviously the Yiddish word (indicated by italic) but it is the word “shtup” in an English work, so at least the search function led to something.
I tried to see if I could locate the same book and quote via google books.
I could not find it via google books.
My conclusion is that the hathitrust resource may be of some value.