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What, When, and Where Did 101 Start?

 

After lots of research on the what, when, and where of 101 and it's origins,

the answer can be found by simply looking in your Webster's Dictionary. 

 

The etymology is from the numbering used in introductory college coursework.

Note that the usage is always after a subject and not before a subject.

 

Main Entry: 101
Pronunciation: WON-oh-won
Function: adjective
Definition: basic, elementary knowledge; basic knowledge offered in course form
Example: Welcome to Dr. Day's English 101 Class!
Etymology: from the numbering of introductory college coursework
Usage: always used after a subject or field term, e.g. Zen 101
 
 
Source: Webster's New Millenniumô Dictionary of English, © 2003 Lexico Publishing Group, LLC

 

 

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