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Yiddish (< Hebrew) originEdit

From [1] "Looks Yiddish, but origin in early 19c. English slang seems to argue against this." Beware when taking into account the proposed Hebrew origin.--Rfsmit 00:53, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

OED online states "Origin obscure.(It has been stated to be Yiddish or Anglo-Hebraic: see N. & Q. 9th ser. VII. 10.)". That's the only etymology given. (On a personal note, I've only heard this term used by my Jewish family and friends.)-- 07:09, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

World Wide WordsEdit

Some interesting details here for possible discussion. HTH HAND —Phil | Talk 09:00, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Sweeny ToddEdit

I moved the following quotation out of the entry as it isn't a good use, or even a use of this spelling, and its etymological suggestions are bunk and only likely to confuse users. - -sche (discuss) 02:33, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

"Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", written by George Dibden Pitt in 1842 for the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton, at Act 3, Scene 2:
JARVIS WILLIAMS (to the Keepers of a madhouse at Peckham): "Stand off you cowardly rascals, or I'll put the 'kiebosh' on the whole consarn."
JONAS: "The 'kiebosh'?"
JARVIS WILLIAMS: "Yes, it's a word of Greek extraction, signifying the upset of the apple-cart - so - bunk!"
JONAS: "Bunk?"
JARVIS WILLIAMS: "Yes, that's another Greek word, and means G.O., go."


The relevant Dickens quote is:

‘What do you mean by hussies?’ interrupts a champion of the other party, who has evinced a strong inclination throughout to get up a branch fight on her own account (‘Hooroar,’ ejaculates a pot-boy in parenthesis, ‘put the kye-bosk on her, Mary!’), ‘What do you mean by hussies?’ reiterates the champion.

- in the 'Seven Dials' scene in 'Sketches By Boz' (1836)

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