Antedating of "Birdie" in Golf (Corrected Posting)

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 16 18:16:30 UTC 2003

Perhaps Barry can beat this using the Washington Post...

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

1912 _N.Y. Times_ 5 Sept. 10  There is practically no special American
golf slang.  They talk about shooting a round in a certain score, and when
they play a hole under par they call it "Birdie."

Fred Shapiro

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