Antedating of "Birdie" in Golf

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Wed Apr 16 18:16:34 UTC 2003

On Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 02:14:03PM -0400, Fred Shapiro wrote:
> Perhaps Barry can beat this using the Washington Post...
> birdie. n. (OED, 2., 1921)
> 192 _N.Y. Times_ 12 Sept. 10  There is practically no special American
I don't think the WP goes back that far....

> golf slang.  They talk about shooting a round in a certain score, and when
> they play a hole under par they call it "Birdie."

Jesse Sheidlower

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