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Victorian word, useless information for the day

I just looked this up while I was goofing off:

deadline–1864–a line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot.
From Merriam-Webster’s 11 collegiate dictoriany.

I imagine, given the date, that the word came about during the Civil War. Here’s a picture from Andersonville in Georgia.
Anyone else know of words with interesting 19th century origins?
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2 Comments

  1. Christine Koehler says:

    Gives a whole new meaning, doesn’t it. I wonder why it changed.

  2. Jennifer Linforth says:

    Loose Women.

    Those chicks who did not bother with corsets…

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