Origins of come-uppance
Posted: 09 August 2007 03:29 PM   [ Ignore ]
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A friend and I find many a word in our readings that we think will pose a problem for each other. Not many words are unfound in a good dictionary or various search engines but this one has left us both flummoxed.  Can anyone help us with this one?

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Posted: 09 August 2007 03:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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OED relates it to come up meaning ‘To present oneself before a judge or tribunal for ... judgement.’

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Posted: 10 August 2007 01:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Not entirely serious, this one: I once had a jokey ‘guide to New Age speak’ book which in the ‘karma’ definition announced ‘There is no English word equivalent to karma - except in North Yorkshire where it is known as “come-uppance“‘

The book, should anyone be interested is called ‘Astral Sex to Zen Teabags’

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Posted: 10 August 2007 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yes, we had a thread on this previously, but I can’t find it for the life of me. In England people still speak of ‘coming up’ before the magistrate or judge.

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Posted: 12 August 2007 05:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Previous discussion.

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