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The newness of newlywed

I would never have guessed that "newlyweds" was vanishingly rare before the mid-19-teens. The OED claims rarity merely before the mid-nineteenth century, with instances from 1593 and 1846, but Google's ngram viewer tells a slightly different story of its explosion of use during WWI.

My favorite OED example, for a number of reasons, is this one:
1918 Cosmopolitan Feb. 90/2 A Newlywed can live on Marmalade for about three months.

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steepholm
Mar. 17th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I see that honeymoon, as one might expect, is older, but had a precipitous (if temporary) decline in the 1950s. I wonder why?

Edited at 2012-03-17 06:45 pm (UTC)