"dude" et al.
Cohen, Gerald Leonard
gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Dec 9 02:29:18 UTC 2004
A few items:
1) A colleague asked me if there's an article or perhaps a book on expressions for death: "buy the farm," kick the bucket," "bite the dust," "croak," etc. Would anyone know?
2) I somehow missed the American Speech article (fall 2004) on "dude" and can't locate my copy at the moment. Barry Popik and I published quite a bit of material on this term in "Comments on Etymology." I wonder if the American Speech article mentioned it.
3) For the card game "Faro"---Is there any explanation for why it should be named for Pharaoh? If so, then the the hypothesis of an Irish etymology would be wholly unnecessary. On the other hand,...
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