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Usage note[edit]

Isn't it incorrect to say "soon-to-be obsolescent" as it is used on electronics? —This comment was unsigned.

Yes. Sofixit? :-)   --Connel MacKenzie 16:10, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

First attested[edit]

I have removed the claim that the word was first attested around 1780. This seems to be a few decades too late. Samuel Johnson uses the word in his dictionary in 1755 in a non-mentiony way. I also found this 1761 usage, albeit in italics. SpinningSpark 16:53, 28 August 2015 (UTC)