Golf "mulligan" (1937)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Fri Dec 31 06:36:36 UTC 2004

Sam Clements discovered an April 1938 cite for "mulligan" from United
Press sports writer Henry McLemore, and this cite is now in the OED3 draft

As it turns out, McLemore had already used "mulligan" a year earlier:

1937 _Oshkosh (Wisconsin) Northwestern_ 15 Apr. 17/2 [also: _(Reno) Nevada
State Journal_ 16 Apr. 6/1] This was a shade too good for me, even though
they allowed me to tee up in the rough and gave me a "mulligan" off three
tees, a "mulligan" being the right to hit a second shot worse than your

--Ben Zimmer

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