Query: "Middle Manager"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Feb 2 21:11:23 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,

Truthiness in advertising!  I first read Jesse as crediting the OED
(and not the book title) with having popularized "middle management".
On second reading, I'm prepared to concede that no promotional stunt
was intended, along the lines of "A Million Little Lexical Entries"...


>is the title of Mary Cushing Howard
>Niles' 1941 _Middle Management: The job of the junior
>Jesse Sheidlower

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