This one doesn’t surprise me: according to The Senior Times, the term “senior citizens” was actually made up by a candidate running in a political campaign for office early last century. Hat tip to Elder Care Residential Services for this bit of campaign knowledge:
“The Senior Times, an online newspaper published in Quebec, Canada, says the term “senior citizen” appears to have been coined “as a euphemism for ‘old person’ during a 1938 American political campaign.”
Eventually, the Senior Times said, the term was shortened by some to “senior,” a term also used to refer to members of a graduating class in high school or college.”
Apparently, some older Americans are starting to take offense at the term “senior.” Personally, you people can call me whatever they want when I hit the age of 50 . . . as long as I can start getting discounts.