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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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klwilliams
Mar. 18th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Good thing Chaz is making lots of marmalade tomorrow.
owlfish
Mar. 19th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'm relieved you'll likely survive the first three months of marriage.