Minority (continued)

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed May 30 16:43:30 UTC 2001

> Here are some other early citations for _minority_, OED sense 3.b. (dated
> 1921 by OED):
> 1857 Henry T. Tuckerman _Biographical Essays_ 238  The establishment and
> grrowth of political and religious minorities transplanted from ancient
> states and hierarchies.


Thanks, Fred and Barry. In fact the OED now has an 1837 example for this sense.

If you're interested in a slightly different challenge, we are looking for
a pre-1976 example of 'a member of a minority group'. This is usually used
in the plural (in such constructions as "need to hire more women and

Jesse Sheidlower

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