David Barnhart dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Sun Aug 12 12:23:03 UTC 2012

Wilson suggests:

>I do not think my story is necessarily true, but I can't see any reason to
uncritically accept the superficially implausible "muttonhead" story if
there is another contender.

AHD, NOAD, M-W11, and WNW all draw on the muttonhead theory.

The venerable ACD treats it probably in the best fashion:

[orig. obscure; ? Shortened from _muttonhead_]



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