March 22, 2006

Post #1944 – 20060322

I have been trying to learn the origin of the word boycott. I believed that it did not come into use until the 1870s to 1890s and was actually an Englishman’s name. However, during the American Revolution, 1770s, there are descriptions of various boycotts which the colonists employed. So, my question is, were they using the word boycott when discussing how they would protest or some other word because boycott had not been “invented”?

Daniel replies:

I think in the 18th century, the term in use was girlcott.