Re: Good Enough for Folk Etymology
|From:||Michael Adams <abrigon@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 5, 2006, 10:37|
Crapper, from Thomas Crapper, the people who made the first
porcellien flush toilets?
Hooker, from Fightting Joe Hooker, who was famous for allowing
camp followers along, called "Hookers Girls".
I expect there is more, wierd is when you get a word that is
based on a persons name, when there maybe good word that could
be used, but it is not..
Coca Cola = from Coca the plant the original Coke was partially
Pepsi = I belive it is from a name of either that it Peps you
up, or the drug/chemical that is common in it, was like Pepside?
So you felt Peped up?
Fun when people forget the origin of a word and its history.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Bleackley" <Peter.Bleackley@...>
Sent: Monday, June 05, 2006 1:57 AM
Subject: Good Enough for Folk Etymology
> Let's think up some entertainingly spurious derivations forcommon words
> and phrases.
> Barbecue - From "Bar Becu", Jewish surname, mentioned in anapocryphal fragment
> "And in those days there was drought, and great famine in theland. And
> Joseph Bar Becu went to the Temple of the LORD, and there hemade burnt
> offerings, so that the LORD might send rain upon the earth."