Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Today's OED antedating: "hard-edged"

Hard-edged, figurative, adjective, cynical, tough ("hard," a., sec 22, first use cited 1954): Essay titled "Corpora Delictorum," by Alexander Woollcott, New Yorker, November 2, 1929, p 42, col 1: "It was a compact and startling melodrama [with] ... grubby, hard-edged little French actors who looked as though they had been cut out of some old numbers of L'Illustration."