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#111199 - 08/31/03 09:45 PM Re: huckery  
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I argued that Plato was the father of philosophy. My dad takes the opposite position, that I should wax the kitchen floor. ... And then he surprised me by juxtaposing the two concepts

That's what you get for waxing philosophic when there's work to be done.



#111200 - 09/01/03 01:21 AM Re: huckery  
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From the Just Supposin' for Juxtaposin' Dept:

In communism, man exploits man.
In capitalism it's just the opposite.


--old Soviet prole saying


#211212 - 05/29/13 01:44 AM Re: yegg [Re: WhitmanO'Neill]  
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This is from the autobiography of Jack Black titled, You Can't Win.
"It is a corruption of "yekk," a word from one of the many dialects spoken in Chinatown, and it means beggar. When a hypo or beggar approached a Chinaman to ask for something to eat, he was greeted with the exclamation, "yekk man, yekk man"" ."

You Can't Win is a great story!

#211215 - 05/29/13 05:42 AM Re: huckery [Re: sjmaxq]  
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Maybe- with the lazy NZ pronunciation it stemmed from Mark Twain's Huckleberry- ya know huck...ery- slurring the words when we are not quite sure or even when we are. Derived from Twain's novel- and of course I have no basis whatsoever for this theory.

#211218 - 05/29/13 10:29 AM Re: huckery [Re: WhitmanO'Neill]  
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Yah. Jack Black, noted historical linguist. Try this

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#211274 - 06/02/13 08:56 PM Re: huckery [Re: Faldage]  
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Right. I read the online etymology link you posted. Jack Black was a yegg and writer from 1900 who, in his autobiography writes how he thinks the term originated. The link you posted states unknown origin, and 1903 which is the time period of Jack Black's personal writings. I thought it would be helpful to have a documented account from a yegg's autobiography on the origins of the word.

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