Travelling branches of public libraries have existed since at least 1905, when Mary Titcomb, a Maryland librarian, used a horse-drawn wagon as a library on wheels. The coinage of the word bookmobile to refer to these mobile libraries, however, […]
Stephen Goranson has provided verifiable evidence from 1884: an antedating of two years.
A ‘gangster’ is somebody who is part of a criminal gang. Despite such gangs having been around for a very long time, this word for an individual member […]
Hugooooo provided verifiable evidence from 1977.
When the OED added its entry for ‘party animal’, meaning ‘an exuberant reveler’, in 2005, the earliest quotation we were able to include was from 1982, but we knew that the term could almost certainly […]
Slightly earlier evidence from 1985 was supplied by ‘hugooooo’ and ‘hb1616’.
‘Blues and twos’ is a British slang term referring to the blue flashing lights and two-tone siren of a police car or other emergency vehicle which is […]