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A site to indulge a peculiar interest…finding the very First Mention, in print, of common words and phrases, including the origins of familiar:

  • Products
  • Slang Terms
  • Sayings
  • Things
  • Places
  • People
  • Neologisms

¬†Who came up with Mac ‘n Cheese, the Easter Bunny, or the Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread? What’s the origin of the Pledge of Allegiance? How long has Ginormous been around?

How did Adolph Hitler, Senator Larry Craig, Elvis, Kilroy, Martin Luther King, Oprah Winfrey, and Jesse James get started?

When did Bubble Gum, Coca-Cola, Frisbees, McDonalds, Microwave Ovens, Harley-Davidsons, and Personal Computers first enter the vernacular?

Who coined words and phrases like Brooklyn Bridge, Red Light District, Grand Canyon, Online Gambling, Trick or Treat, or Whole Nine Yards?

Prior to Al Gore, was anyone paying attention to Global Warming?

These, and other apparently meaningless questions, are all answered here, at

Our FirstMention research is carried out in many sources, including historical newspaper archives, online family history records, state archives, and old books.

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