Political Football (1938)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jul 29 22:44:38 UTC 2001

On Sun, 29 Jul 2001 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    OED has 1971.
>    From the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 4 October 1938, pg. 8, col. 3:

Here are two earlier citations:

1907 Clarence F. Birdseye _Individual Training in Our Colleges_ 47
(heading) Yale long a political football.

1909 _Science_ 26 Mar. 501  No comment is needed when a government is
willing to make a political football of its only efficient scientific

Fred Shapiro

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