[Ads-l] redshirt (UNCLASSIFIED)
Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Wed Jun 3 20:52:01 UTC 2015
This sense isn't in the OED.
_NY Post_ 24 May 2015
"Martin was further panicked to learn her child had been born in the wrong month; many women on the Upper East Side time their pregnancies and IVF treatments to school enrollment, so their child will begin school at the oldest age possible - a practice known as redshirting."
_Ukiah [CA] Daily Journal_ 2 Jan 1991 p 5 col 4
"Redshirting, or holding children back from entering school to be sure they'll be academically strong later, is a practice that started in private schools on the East Coast."
Melitta Cutright _Growing Up Confident_ NY:Doubleday, 1992. p 187
"Other parents, believing that older students are always more successful, are electing on their own to "redshirt" their children in hopes of giving them an advantage over other children."
_USA Weekend_ 5 Sep 1993 p 16 col 2
"With a growing emphasis on school performance, more and more parents are holding their kids back from kindergarten for a year. They think "redshirting," named after a similar practice among college students, gives kids an edge."
I also note that neither the OED nor the OED SF project doesn't include the _Star Trek_ sense of redshirt: A person of minor importance who will likely get killed. (But it is in _Brave New Worlds_)
Dirk Hayhurst _Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Big Leagues_ NY: Citadel Press, 2012 p 119
"Now I felt a lot like one of the red shirts in Star Trek: nameless, faceless, and the first to die."
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