[Ads-l] "Birther" Not in OED

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 6 22:07:18 UTC 2023

The word "birther" is not in OED, but it seems important enough in U.S. politics that it should be included.  The earliest printed occurrence I see is the following:

2009 _Times Record News_ (Wichita Falls, Tex.) 30 June A6 (Lexis Nexis)  A North Texas Congressman in among three Texans cosponsoring the so-called "birther bill" requiring presidential candidates produce a birth certificate to prove they meet constitutional requirements to be president.

There are some nonprint occurrences earlier in 2009 in LexisNexis.

Fred Shapiro

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