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Senior citizen

Posted by Frank Sanderson on September 02, 2005

When was the term "Senior Citizen" first used? In August 1918, a postcard received by my grandmother from a girlfriend who was holidaying at Saltburn contained the following message, "I am very downhearted that you can't come and cheer us all up as there is nothing doing amongst the Sn Cs. Understand. I'm fed up at the sight of them. Bow wow." My assumption has been that Sn Cs means "senior citizens", but I read somewhere that the expression originated in the US two decades later.