[Ads-l] Racist origins of "Grandfathering"

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 18 17:09:15 UTC 2020


News to me.

OED has 1953 for the relevant sense.

4. transitive. North American. To exempt from new legislation or regulations, usually because of some prior condition of previously existing privilege. Frequently with in (also with into, out). Also in extended use.

1953   Kentucky Revised Statutes 2190/2   All certificates or permits grandfathered shall be subject to the same limitations and restrictions.

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