Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 3 17:12:38 UTC 2006

At 7:47 AM -0700 7/3/06, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>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
>   daemon
>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.
Possibly in Michael Quinion's book on POSH et al.

others in my collection (with etym(yth)ologies provided on request) include:

camp (or "originally" kamp)

The American Dialect Society -

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