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Jul 31, 2001
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Words evolved using folk etymologies

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humble_pie
kickshaw
wiseacre
rakehell
chaise longue
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with Anu Garg

kickshaw

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kickshaw (KIK-shaw) noun

1. A fancy dish; delicacy.

2. A trinket.

[By folk etymology, from French quelque chose, something.]

"They were the first to get into Victorian, into Arts & Crafts and Art Deco, into painted furniture, into ethnic, and kickshaws, and collectibles."
Margo Miller, Art of the Deal, The Boston Globe, Dec 12, 1996.

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