today's racy etymological speculation

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Nov 3 23:42:46 UTC 2005

from OED2's entry for BALDERDASH:

Malone conjectured a reference to ‘the froth and foam made by barbers
in dashing their balls backward and forward in hot water.’

[ouch.  AMZ]

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