Posted by Linden on June 04, 1998 at 19:02:15:
In response to Does 12 make a dozen?, written by ElaineL on June 04, 1998 at 17:48:12
] I was about to write a reference in a story about a "dozen" of something and then wondered if the English (and particularly in this time period) used this descripture. The English to Am. English sites I checked didn't have anything. I'd be happy to pursue others if you have a source to recommend.
The best resource for this sort of question is the Oxford English Dictionary on historical principles - the big multi-volume one that should be available in any library.
It gives first written use of all words and all meanings of words, so you just chase your word and find out when someone first used it in that sense.
Sometimes the old resources are the best.
- If only...... Caroline 17:18:58 6/06/98 (4)
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