Real McCoy

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Sep 14 16:31:12 UTC 2001

Does anyone know of any sources of discussion or documentation about the
etymology and origin of "the real McCoy," other than sources mentioned in
the entry in the Historical Dictionary of Slang?  I already have copies
of the Peter Tamony files on this expression.

Fred Shapiro

Fred R. Shapiro                             Editor
Associate Librarian for Public Services     YALE DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS
  and Lecturer in Legal Research            Yale University Press,
Yale Law School                             forthcoming
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