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#212700 - 10/03/13 10:24 AM Fossil words
EHS Offline

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Loc: QC
Re "caboodle"

I suspect there may be an etymological connection with the German "beutel" meaning bag and commonly used in connection with money -- e.g. Geldbeutel (wallet, money bag).


#212704 - 10/03/13 12:47 PM Re: Fossil words [Re: EHS]
deelightfull Offline

Registered: 10/03/13
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re "caboodle" the second sentence given, "'Theresa cruised through the office once a month with a caboodle full of scissors, smocks, and hair color.' Lisa Baron; Life of the Party; Citadel Press; 2011." Caboodle refers, I believe to a brand name of box, similar to a tackle box marketed to girls & women for, among other things, hair stuff. I know they were particularly popular when I was a teenager in the early 90s. I do not know if they are still made and marketed under that brand name. (I still have my 20+ year old caboodle, it currently stores my needle work supplies.) I don't know if/how having a word become a brand name changes definitions at all. Does it add a brand name?

#212709 - 10/03/13 08:48 PM ...many online references for word origins [Re: deelightfull]
wofahulicodoc Offline
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Loc: Worcester, MA

I suspect it's a lot older than that. See this entry in The Phrase Finder for a derivation that may (or may not) be more authoritative. They take it back at least as far as the mid-1800s.

#212727 - 10/05/13 05:14 AM Re: ...many online references for word origins [Re: wofahulicodoc]
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I'm sure that Caboodle as a brand name derived from the common term. My question would be whether that speaks against using it as an example of the common noun in a citation.

#212815 - 10/12/13 10:16 AM Re: Fossil words [Re: EHS]
Mary Holbrow Offline

Registered: 10/12/13
Posts: 1
Re: fustilugs -- I think "lugs" is more likely to refer to the O.E. term for "ears" -- not an uncommon usage -- rather than something to do with carrying weight. Fustilugs would be somebody with mouldy ears.


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