hero etymology

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Mar 18 19:57:37 UTC 2012

On 3/18/2012 3:14 PM, Michael Newman wrote:
> ....
> I'm wondering about the origin of the term. It seems unrelated to the
> = Greek gyro given the presence of cold cuts and cheese. I'd like to =
> speculate that it began as a marketing term based on the large size or
> = something. Not convinced though. ....

Here is Barry Popik's item:


Me, I don't offhand know of any reason to suppose the term is related at
all to "gyros". Looks like the hero is just heroically big.

-- Doug Wilson

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