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Posted: 09 January 2019 12:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Syntinen Laulu - 08 January 2019 09:45 AM

I have also encountered merkin in the wild; I can’t remember where or in what context, but I knew what it meant.

Me, too. 

https://www.amazon.com/Make-Merkin-Great-Again-Flat/dp/B07JVCK26B

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Posted: 09 January 2019 02:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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They must have made that cap just for you folks.

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Posted: 09 January 2019 02:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Regarding merkin it seems to be a variant of Malkin, which has an earlier entry in OED

Origin: Probably a variant or alteration of another lexical item. Or perhaps from a proper name. Etymons: malkin n.; proper name Mary.
Etymology: Probably originally a variant of malkin n., or < a parallel pet-form of the female forename Mary (compare the Middle English surnames Marekin, Marykin).

Malkin

Origin: From a proper name. Etymon: proper name Malkin.
Etymology: < the female forename Malkin < Mal , pet-form of the female forename Maud (compare Middle English forms Mald , Mold ; compare also similar derogatory use in Welsh of the equivalent name Mald ) + -KIN suffix; in later use (in sense 1c) sometimes reanalysed as < Mal , Mall , Malle , pet-form of the female forename Mary (compare MOLLn.2) + -KIN suffix. Compare use as a surname from the late 13th cent. With sense 1bcompare MERKIN n.1
Now arch. and regional.
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a. A typical name (usually derogatory) for: a lower-class, untidy, or sluttish woman, esp. a servant or country girl. In Scotland: an awkward or ungainly young girl. †Also in various proverbial expressions, esp. there are more maids than Malkin (obsolete).
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c1275 Lutel Soth Serm. (Calig.) 54 in R. Morris Old Eng. Misc. (1872) 188 Ne þeos prude ȝungemen Þat luuieþ malekin, And þeos prude maidenes Þat luuieþ Ianekin.
c1390 CHAUCER Man of Law’s Tale 30 It wol nat come agayn..Namoore than wol Malkyns maydenhede, Whan she hath lost it in hir wantownesse.
c1400 (▸a1376) LANGLAND Piers Plowman (Trin. Cambr. R.3.14) (1960) A. I.158 Ȝe ne haue no more meryt..Þanne malkyn of hire maidenhed, þat no man desiriþ.

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Posted: 10 January 2019 07:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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The more relevant senses and citations of malkin are:

†b. Sc. The female genitals. Cf. merkin n.1 Obsolete. rare.
1602 (▸1554) D. Lindsay Satyre (Charteris) 1920 in Wks. (1931) II. 191 Gif that ȝour mawkine cryis quhisch.
1795 R. Burns Poems & Songs (1968) II. 761 When maukin bucks, at early f—ks, In dewy glens are seen, Sir.

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a. A mop; a bundle of rags fastened to the end of a stick, esp. for cleaning out a baker’s oven. regional in later use.
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▸ 1440 Promptorium Parvulorum (Harl. 221) 323 Malkyne, mappyl, or oven swepare,..dossorium, tersorium.
?a1500 Nominale (Yale Beinecke 594) in T. Wright & R. P. Wülcker Anglo-Saxon & Old Eng. Vocab. (1884) I. 616/12 (MED) Hoc tersorium, Anglice, a malkyn.
1590 Tarltons Newes out of Purgatorie 5 He held betweene both his hands a dirtie malkin, such as Bakers sweepe their Ouens withall.
1596 T. Nashe Haue with you to Saffron-Walden sig. S Shee will..haue a handfull of his beard..for a maulkin or wispe to wype her shooes with.
1611 R. Cotgrave Dict. French & Eng. Tongues Vuaudrée, a maulkin, or the clowt wherewith an Ouen is made cleane.

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Posted: 10 January 2019 11:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Dave Wilton - 10 January 2019 07:07 AM
The more relevant senses and citations of malkin are:

But not the more common meanings of malkin. I don’t understand what you mean by the more “relevant” senses. I do believe; however, that the primary meanings are archaic usages: I’ve never heard the word used in that sense. I have come upon it in classical literature referring to women in its derogatory meaning.

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malkin

[maw-kin, mawl-, mal-]

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noun British Dialect.

1. an untidy woman; slattern.
2. a scarecrow, ragged puppet, or grotesque effigy.
3. a mop, especially one made from a bundle of rags and used to clean out a baker’s oven.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

malkin noun
mal·​kin | \ˈmȯ(l)-kən, ˈmal- \
Definition of malkin

1 dialectal, chiefly British : an untidy woman : SLATTERN
2 dialectal, chiefly British
a : CAT
b : HARE

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Posted: 10 January 2019 01:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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"More relevant” = related to the development of merkin meaning pubic wig

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Posted: 10 January 2019 04:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Dave Wilton - 10 January 2019 01:14 PM

“More relevant” = related to the development of merkin meaning pubic wig

I understand, thank you.

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Posted: 10 January 2019 05:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Yeah I don’t see that merkin belongs on that list. It is a fairly common word, denoting a real thing that is used in a major industry, and that’s the only common word for it. Most people working in film or theatre would know the word. Jared Leto used the word when presenting an Oscar and he got laughs rather than baffled grunts.

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Posted: 21 January 2019 09:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Here is another fun article showing that spelling does not matter much while reading:

https://www.livescience.com/18392-reading-jumbled-words.html

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Posted: 23 January 2019 06:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Talk about old news; I posted about “rdiaeng” back in 2003.  (I was one of the early sources for this meme, and it got me my first heavy influx of readers.)

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Posted: 23 January 2019 07:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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I think you should have given this thread a more distinctive subject line.

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Posted: 23 January 2019 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Hey! Old fun news is worth repeating. Sorry, I just saw this for the first time and thought it would be fun to add here. I had never seen anything like it before, and was really surprised when I could read that stuff. LH, it never hurts to bring up something like this again, because it’s fun.

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Posted: 24 January 2019 09:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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I’m not pinging you for posting the article.
I’m pinging you for the unhelpful subject line.

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Posted: 24 January 2019 12:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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I understand, OP. I was answering LH. I agree that I should have created a better lead. I’ll try to get better at that.

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Posted: 26 January 2019 06:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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LH, it never hurts to bring up something like this again, because it’s fun.

Of course not!  I wasn’t complaining about your link, just reminiscing about the previous version and its effect on my online life.  Sorry if that didn’t come across.

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