Saturday, November 13, 2004

Today's OED antedating: "Wailing Wall"

Wailing Wall, the surviving portion of the western wall of the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem ("wailing," vbl. n., sec (c), first use cited 1919): Article headlined "Red Liberals," by Ren Mulford, Jr, Sporting Life, June 3, 1911, p 7, col 1: "In fact, they ... emitted a howl that sounded like a symphony of sorrow at the Wailing Wall of the Sons of Abraham at Jerusalem."