Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Nov 20 16:25:38 UTC 2001

> "NEWS" < 'North East West South'

I was once cornered at a cocktail party by someone who _insisted_ that
he had seen this etymology given in a 16th- or 17th-century source. The
person claimed that he knew such etymologies were usually bogus, and
was very surprised to see it in a source that early.

He never got back to me with the source.

Jesse Sheidlower

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