Jazz from Teas

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Sep 23 23:13:25 UTC 2007

Here is the predecessor to Daniel Cassidy's book.

Readable at Google Books.

Charles Mackay, _A Glossary of Obscure Words and Phrases in the
Writings of Shakspeare and His Contemporaries: Traced Etymologically
to the Ancient Language of the British People as Spoken before the
Irruption of the Danes and Saxons_ (London, 1887).

 From the introduction: <<It was this British or Gaelic, and
partially Kymric, element of the language, scarcely understood and
wholly despised by the governing classes, that in after years became
known as "slang" or "cant," all the words of which were declared by
Johnson and his equally uninformed and prejudiced predecessors and
successors to be "without etymology.">>

It is revealed here, for example, that "Amazon" is derived not from
Greek but from a "far older" language: "Keltic".

-- Doug Wilson

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