[Ads-l] Nones (2005)

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 3 21:48:29 UTC 2020

Gosh, when I saw the subject line I thought of these:

  the ninth day before the ides according to ancient Roman reckoning

  often capitalized : none entry 4
  Definition of none (Entry 4 of 4)
  : the fifth of the canonical hours

Must be from studying Latin.


On Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 1:29 PM <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

> I'm looking for early examples of "nones" or "none" used to refer to
> people with no formal religious affiliation/identity (includes atheists,
> agnostics, and "spiritual" people).
> The earliest I've found is this from 2005:
> Bibby, Reginald and Stuart MacDonald. “Restless expert sees church
> growth.” The Presbyterian Record, 129.4, Apr 2005, 46.
> “Indeed, if it was included in his list of major religious groups in
> Restless Churches (Table 2.7) the 'religious nones' would rank as the
> second largest denomination in Canada.”
> Bibby wrote a 2004 book "Restless Churches." I'll check that out of the
> library tomorrow to see if he uses it there. But I'm wondering if anyone
> has a line on earlier uses. "None" is a devilishly difficult word to search
> for.
> --Dave Wilton
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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