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Thread #68954 Message #1955869
Posted By: GUEST,Charles H. Smith
02-Feb-07 - 02:26 PM
Thread Name: Help: Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds) ticky-tacky?
Subject: RE: Ticky-tacky
I don't know whether she invented the term or not, but the Oxford English Dictionary ('OED') credits her with the first printed use of the term (at least, that they know of). For what it's worth, I just checked our electronic version of the New York Times, and the term first appears in that paper in 1965 (with over a hundred uses since), so that tends to reinforce the idea that Malvina invented it herself.