Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 24 23:46:40 UTC 2000

On Mon, 24 Jan 2000, Beverly Flanigan wrote:

> Another term I've just noticed recently is "nonprofit" used as a
> noun:  So-and-so is a nonprofit [organization].  "Even" the NY Times used
> it yesterday.  How old is this usage?

This seems to be the month for noticing usages that have been well
established for decades.  The earliest I find is the following:

1963 _Amer. Econ. Rev._ 53: 440  The figure for the universities and other
nonprofits rises to about 35 per cent.

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