Further Antedating of "Coed"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 31 15:20:15 UTC 2014

My previous message contained a typo in the October 13, 1877 citation.
Here is the corrected text:


[Begin excerpt]
We would suggest that a convention of co-eds. be called, and a
committee be appointed to wait on President Eliot, in regard to his
pamphlet of last year. If he doesn't repent of his course, then our
powers of observation go for naught.
[End excerpt]

The following interpretation seems plausible to me: [[We would suggest
that a convention of co-educational institutions be called.]] This
fits OED sense A.1.

Hence, it is possible that "co-eds" was not used to refer to female
students in this cite. But the other two cites still stand.


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