Query: "Middle Manager"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Feb 2 20:13:51 UTC 2006

On Thu, Feb 02, 2006 at 02:44:50PM -0500, Loren Fox wrote:
> I am a business journalist/student looking for the earliest
> appearance of the term "middle manager" or "middle management." (I
> know Merriam-Webster first added "middle management" to its
> dictionary in 1948, but I assume the term appeared earlier.) Thank
> you.

The earliest example in the OED, which seems to have
popularized the term, is the title of Mary Cushing Howard
Niles' 1941 _Middle Management: The job of the junior

It's probably found earlier in one of those classified ads,
but I can't be bothered to check :-/

Jesse Sheidlower

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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