Daniel Cassidy's Irish etymologies

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jan 28 03:21:06 UTC 2005

But he hasn't yet responded to my request to look into "palooka."


"Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at UMR.EDU> wrote:
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FWIW, Daniel Cassidy's Irish etymologizing no doubt contains many "false positives." But I'll say this for his efforts: If there are in fact any words currently regarded as being of unknown origin but in fact deriving from Irish, Cassidy will likely find them. At that point I'll very willingly overlook all the suggestions which didn't pan out and rejoice at the few which did. "Kibosh" may be one such item
(let's wait and see), and perhaps his suggestion on the card game faro deserves further consideration too.

Gerald Cohen

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