"Brass tacks" (1876) and etymological evidence

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 8 19:05:36 UTC 2005

Thank you, Arnold.


"Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: "Brass tacks" (1876) and etymological evidence

On Aug 8, 2005, at 11:59 AM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:

> On Mon, 8 Aug 2005 11:48:05 -0700, Jonathan Lighter
> wrote:
>> If this jest could be pushed back a few years, and shone to have
>> had a
>> wide circulation, it might well have had some bearing on the
>> creation of
>> the "brass tacks" metaphor.
> Eggcorn alert-- that is, if JL is seeking illumination...

well, he could just be misspelling. [i first typed "misslepping"!]


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