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Re: Ps & Qs and folk etymology
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- Subject: Re: Ps & Qs and folk etymology
- From: Paul Anderson <paul@GEEKY1.EBTECH.NET>
- Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 13:17:07 -0500
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On Tue, 3 Feb 1998, R Starr wrote:
> I have used the phrase with no regrets until one of my graduate students
> chastised me saying tha the reference was to the maximum width of a stick
> that a man could use to beat his wife.
AFAIK, it was a term used by blacksmiths with relation to measurements,
i.e. from the tip of your thumb to the knuckle is approx. 1 inch. TTYL!
paul @ geeky1.ebtech.net
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I hear it's hilarious. Maintainer of the Tips-HOWTO.
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