Origin of "scam"

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Postby Guest » 06/07/04 12:29 PM

An email list I read is about words and their origins. "Scam" just came up. I'm surprised to see how recent it is -- the OED's earliest citation is 1963, and researchers on the list haven't found anything before 1959 or so.

I searched the electronic Phoenix, and it isn't used there (although escamoteur is -- maybe that's where it comes from). Is anyone aware of any earlier citations in the magic literature?

Chris Wasshuber -- would it be a big deal to search your pre-1960 ebooks for the word?


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