Correcting Bogus Etymology
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Correcting Bogus Etymology
Corrections to popular misconceptions about the origins of words and phrases
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10 popular word origins that are absolute codswallop 

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Sometimes when the true origin of a word isn’t known (and sometimes even when it is), an entirely fictitious story comes along purporting to account for its history.

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Popular misconceptions about the origins of 'nasty', 'bug', 'bumper', 'Adidas', 'busking', 'wake', 'sincere', 'snob', 'threshold', and 'curry favor'.
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Online Etymology Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary | Correcting Bogus Etymology | Scoop.it
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Faggot --- Not so called because gay people were burned at the stake.

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Geek of Faith – The Origins of Christian Holidays – Easter Part 1 of Several

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There is no connection between the word 'Easter' and 'Ishtar' or 'Astarte'.

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meaning - Did "Mrs" originally imply possession? - English Language and Usage

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snopes.com: Etymology of Fuck

Does the word 'fuck' come from the phrase 'for unlawful carnal knowledge'?
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Joe Clack's comment, July 30, 2013 12:21 PM
I have no proof, but was always told "Fornication Under Consent of the King"
Peter Lasersohn's comment, July 31, 2013 6:01 PM
Sorry --- also a myth.
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What is the origin of the phrase "it’s raining cats and dogs?" Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress

What is the origin of the phrase "it’s raining cats and dogs?" Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress | Correcting Bogus Etymology | Scoop.it
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The Straight Dope: What's the origin of "kangaroo court"? Is "kangaroo" aborigine for "I don't know"?

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'Kangaroo' --- not from an aboriginal phrase meaning "I don't understand."

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The Straight Dope: Does "rule of thumb" refer to an old law permitting wife beating?

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Surprising etymologies

Surprising etymologies | Correcting Bogus Etymology | Scoop.it
On the one hand, people are happy to invent (and believe) all sorts of stories about the history of words and phrases (acronymic etymologies, which are hardly ever correct, are enormously popular)....
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Don and doff.

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Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You

Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You | Correcting Bogus Etymology | Scoop.it
If there is one thing that drives me absolutely bananas, it's people spreading misinformation via social media under the guise of "educating". I've seen this happen in several ways - through infogr...
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A little more on the bogus derivation of 'Easter' from 'Ishtar'.

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The original scalawag - The Boston Globe

The original scalawag - The Boston Globe | Correcting Bogus Etymology | Scoop.it
A scalawag, the dictionaries tell us, is a rascal, a reprobate, a scamp, a scoundrel.
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snopes.com: Cop: Constable on Patrol?

Is cop an acronym for 'Constable on Patrol'?
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Eugene Deutsch's curator insight, September 28, 2013 6:09 PM

This term came from "Copper" because the policemen used to wear a Copper badge.

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World Wide Words: Piss-poor

World Wide Words: Piss-poor | Correcting Bogus Etymology | Scoop.it
The slang term 'piss-poor', despite a story circulating online, has nothing to do with the sale of urine for tanning.
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Joe Clack's comment, July 30, 2013 12:21 PM
i'm interested in how you came to this conclusion
Peter Lasersohn's comment, July 31, 2013 6:04 PM
Which conclusion? That 'piss-poor' has nothing to do with selling urine for tanning? The reasons are all outlined in the link, including, for example, the fact that the earliest attestation of this term is only from the 1940s.