[Ads-l] on the origins of the (muttly [not in OED]) English language

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 19 04:18:38 UTC 2015

On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 7:59 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> "mutt" is a truncation of "mutton-head(ed)".  Who knew?

Even in the meaning of "dog of random ancestry"? Were such dogs considered
to be
"mutton-headed" in some sense no longer obvious?


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