[Ads-l] No soap

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 4 09:14:14 EDT 2016


The "no soap" link doesn't work for me.

JL

On Sun, Sep 4, 2016 at 4:02 AM, Michael Quinion <
michael.quinion at worldwidewords.org> wrote:

> Among the pieces posted this weekend to my website is one on the
> Americanism /no soap/: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-nos1.htmI . I
> suggest an origin among US Navy recruits during the First World War. (A
> couple of relevant citations antedating the OED are included in the piece
> but I have others on file.) Comments on the suggested origin will be most
> welcome.
>
> I've also written about the US sense of /nimrod/ as an inept person:
> http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-nim1.htm . Comments likewise most
> welcome.
>
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