“No” as in “No Smoking”
Posted: 22 April 2018 02:57 PM   [ Ignore ]
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When did “No” as in “No Smoking” come into use?

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Posted: 22 April 2018 03:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Corpus of Historical American English

1838: a savage and unpolished community. In this garden there is no drinking, no smoking, no long faces waiting the preliminary soups, or turning up of noses over

I think Dave might find a source that would predate this.

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Posted: 22 April 2018 05:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I gather, droogie, that you are asking about “No ____” as a command against something.  As the OED puts it,

e. In a notice or slogan consisting of a noun phrase forming the subject or complement of an implied verb.

(a) Denoting that something is forbidden or unwelcome: let there be no ——, no —— is allowed, etc. Cf. no smoking phr., no parking adj., etc.
a1625 J. Fletcher Bonduca iv. iv, in F. Beaumont & J. Fletcher Comedies & Trag. (1647) 65 Swet. Mercy yet. Bond. No talking: puff, there goes all your pitie.
1782 F. Burney Cecilia IV. viii. vii. 298 No talking! no thanking! no compliments of any sort!
1821 P. Egan Life in London iv. (Farmer) You shall be admitted into the preserve; but remember no poaching.

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Posted: 23 April 2018 07:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yes, Dr. T, I was asking about the usage as a command.

This forum is the only place that I know of where I can get information from the OED. Thanks again.

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Posted: 23 April 2018 02:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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De nada.

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