Antedating of "Major"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 10 02:46:26 UTC 2005

major (OED, v.2 1., 1918)

1912 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 1 Dec. C1 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  A
course known as the "special technique of football," including methods of
coaching, will begin at the University of Wisconsin next Tuesday ...
University credit will be given only to those majoring or minoring in
physical education.

minor (OED, v., 1930)

1912 [see above]

Fred Shapiro

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