"Ginned up"

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu Nov 16 15:46:06 UTC 2000

Most of us are introduced to Eli Whitney and his
cotton gin in elementary school.  The name "cotton
gin" puzzled me because the only "gin" I knew of was
the drink.  I finally connected "gin" with "engine"
after several years.

--- Ray Ott <Amcolph at AOL.COM> wrote:
> The root you want is the OF engin (engine, machine)
> rather than Geneva (gin,
> distilled spirit).  In particular, a "gin" in the
> sense of an apparatus to
> which horses or other draft animals are harnessed
> and made to walk around in
> a circle doing useful work such as milling,
> grinding, etc., to which the
> vernacular "ginned up" relates.
> Ray Ott

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