[Ads-l] Jinx; Comments on Etymology treatment

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Tue Dec 11 20:49:03 UTC 2018

The always interesting A.Word.A.Day online column

(From: Wordsmith <wsmith at wordsmith.org>)
treated "jinx" yesterday, and for its etymology says:

"Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from jynx wryneck, a

bird that was used in witchcraft. Earliest documented

use: 1911."

Might I draw the following item to the attention of the

author(s) of that online item:

Gerald Cohen: "Onomastic origins of 'jinx': Towards a

compilation --based on information primarily from

Barry Popik and Douglas G. Wilson. in: Comments on

Etymology, vol. 39, #6-7 (March/April 2010, pp. 7-26.

Gerald Cohen

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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