Etymology of "Maverick"?

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Wed Nov 19 23:13:14 UTC 2008

so, Fred, you're looking for a maverick etymology for maverick, huh?


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On Nov 19, 2008, at 5:08 PM, Shapiro, Fred wrote:

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> Subject:      Etymology of "Maverick"?
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> Someone has written to me questioning the derivation of "maverick"
> from the name of Samuel A. Maverick of Texas.  The OED accepts that
> derivation, but I am interested to find out whether anyone knows of
> any research or arguments for or against the Sam Maverick origin, so
> I can respond properly to my correspondent.
> Fred Shapiro
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