Davis, Boyd bdavis at EMAIL.UNCC.EDU
Fri Dec 8 00:22:26 UTC 2000

As a child, I apparently constructed an etymology for this form, keyed to a
break between MAI-zl + d  (not mizzle-d).  I thought of this as being a
completely different verb from mis-lead/mis-led. To mislead was probably on
purpose but not necessarily. To MAIzl, on the other hand, was to be deeply
duplicitous in a premeditated manner. Didn't find out my error until my
twenties when I cautioned a loved one not to MAIzl someone and that loved
one promptly fell apart laughing.

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