Birthday Words
Posted: 15 December 2013 05:40 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The OED Blog has come out with a web app that finds a word that has a first citation from your birth year.

But I think it can be done better. Can you find a word with a citation from your exact birthday?

Mine is the verb to Micawber, “To adopt the feckless optimism characteristic of Micawber [the Dickens character].”

1963 Punch 24 July 126/1 Every author must spend half his life Micawbering, waiting for something to turn up.

To search, do an advanced search for the day and month, while limiting the results to your birth year.

For those without access to the OED, I’d be happy to look your birthday word.

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Posted: 15 December 2013 07:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It was looking like there weren’t going to be any for me, but finally this turned up:

1951 Air Facts 1 July 30/1 The biggest untold story out of Korea is of a few score unarmed American helicopters and a handful of pilots who have flown themselves and their ‘whirlybirds’ into military history.

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Posted: 15 December 2013 03:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I just want to salute them for starting at 1900. A lot of web forms (airline and hotel reservation bookings, for instance) start at 1920, making me think they just don’t want the custom of really old people. (Of course, there are still some people born before 1900...)

EDIT:
Over 400 entries for 1968 but none for 26/07.
(Most of the entries don’t have a specific date attached to them, just a year.)

I note that the OED seems to have inconsistent formats for the dates: sometimes Jan 21, sometimes 21 Jan or 21 January ... tut tut.

[ Edited: 15 December 2013 03:33 PM by OP Tipping ]
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Posted: 16 December 2013 01:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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1956 gets me ‘Nitpick’!

Unfortunately I don’t have access to the full OED, so I can’t look for 7 February.

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Posted: 16 December 2013 03:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I have a Cornell University network id.  Can I use it to access the OED?  And how?  I know I can use it for JSTOR.

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Posted: 16 December 2013 03:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Where are you guys finding the dates filter? Even with advanced search I can only find years, not day and month.

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Posted: 16 December 2013 04:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Limit the date to the year in question and then search for the month as regular text, limiting it to First Quotation.

I’m sure Cornell provides access to the OED, but I wouldn’t know where the login for it is. Try searching the Cornell library catalog, that should provide links to the OED (and other electronic resources).

There is no first citation for 7 Feb 1956. The closest I can get you is audiophilia on 5 Feb:

1956 N.Y. Times 5 Feb. ii. x19/3 (advt.) Questing for perfection in the most advanced stage of audiophilia, you owe it to your high-fidelity education to visit Harvey’s newly opened AUDIOtorium.

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Posted: 16 December 2013 07:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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No access here… how about 08/23/1951?

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Posted: 16 December 2013 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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No hit on that date, but here’s one from the day before, plastic-wrapped, adj.:

1951 Daily Independent Jrnl. (Calif.) 22 Aug. 9/3 (advt.) Six-way floor lamp… Plastic wrapped shade with braid trim.

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Posted: 16 December 2013 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thank you, Dave, that did the trick. One result for my natal day:

Pm, n.2

Etymology:  Symbolic abbreviation for promethium n.

Chem.

The element promethium.

1948 J. A. Marinksy & L. E. Glendenin in Chem. & Engin. News 9 Aug. 2348/2 We propose, therefore, the name ‘prometheum’ (symbol Pm) for element 61.

The word itself first saw the light a couple of months earlier.

1948 Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald-Jrnl. 30 June 10/1 The two chemists chose the name prometheum for Prometheus, the Titan in Greek mythology who stole fire from heaven for mankind’s use.

Slim pickings but at least it prompted me to check out Dave’s entry in the Big List and learn of illinium.

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Posted: 16 December 2013 09:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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the closest one to my b’day is the initialism “DJ"but it is implied in June of that year with the actual, “DeeJay.” “DJ” might have been around some timebefore that. The entry was “updated” Dec 2013!

Babysit is right in there.

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