Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jul 3 14:47:45 UTC 2006

On Jul 3, 2006, at 5:47 AM, Jon Lighter wrote:

> In a discussion about pennies, all three distinguished anchors on
> _Fox & Friends_ have just
>   1.  agreed the word "tips" comes from "to insure proper service,"...

has anyone assembled an inventory of these mythacronyms?

the wikipedia "false etymology" entry lists:
   fuck, git, golf, news, pom, posh, shit, tip

ADS-L discussions have added at least:
   crud, gomer, hep, phat, wog
(this list is undoubtedly incomplete)

and i just came across

it would be nice to have these assembled, with some discussion of the
history of each acronym (insofar as it is known), in a single place.
it could even make an entertaining little book.

maybe, of course, it's been done.


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