Antedating of "Birdie" (Golf)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Oct 8 09:12:18 UTC 2012

The American Golfer vol. 1 no. 3, January, 1909, page 127 col. 2:
A much mooted question is "who was the father of _Birdies_?" That distinction certainly belongs to....

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Stephen Goranson
From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Shapiro, Fred [fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU]
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Subject: [ADS-L] Antedating of "Birdie" (Golf)

birdie. n. (OED, 2., 1921)

1910 _New-York Tribune_ 30 Oct. 13 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Brown also won the "birdie" competition, making six holes in one stroke less than par.

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