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Posted by Bookworm on April 16, 2003

In Reply to: Crossword clue posted by R. Berg on April 16, 2003

: : Maybe I need to get out more, but I am stumped again. The clue was "Fourth estate" and the answer was "Press".

: Fourth estate = journalists. By coincidence, the OED's Word of the Day is "fourth."

Any idea how this term came about? What is its usage? Why fourth?