On Language on Heck

Michael McKernan mckernan at LOCALNET.COM
Mon Feb 13 16:11:24 UTC 2006

Joanne M. Despres wrote:
>I think this "heck" is probably a different one from the euphemism
>we're familiar with.  The Scottish National Dictionary reports an
>interjectional "heck" that is "a call to a horse to turn to the left" . . .
>also used as verb and figuratively of persons . . . Found in n. Engl.

Ah, but then,  a 'turn to the left'...'figuratively of persons,' could well
have been interpreted by some political idealogues as 'heading straight to

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