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7:59am on Wednesday, 27th June, 2007:



For Christmas, I was given a page-per-day-except-page-per-two-days-at-weekends calendar, about word origins. I've duly been using it, but have come across occasional definitions which are slightly suspect. Because of this, I haven't been trusting definitions I don't know anything about, in case they're also suspect.

Yesterday's definition is a case in point:

Known only since the 1980s, eh? The word was in common use when I was a child, in the 1960s. As for the word "gob", well, I guess it's possible that it comes from Scotland, but it was very prevalent in Yorkshire in my grandparents' day (and, what's more, had an associated verb, "to gob", meaning to project phlegm, as in "he's gobbed on the window!").

I'm guessing they had a longer, formal definition and edited it down for the calendar.

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