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Aug 2, 2001
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Words evolved using folk etymologies

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with Anu Garg

rakehell

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rakehell (RAYK-hel) noun

A licentious or immoral person.

[By folk etymology from Middle English rakel, rash, hasty.]

"The instrument had previously been owned - witness the title 'ex. Paganini' - by that notorious rakehell and virtuoso, who sold it to Vuillaume."
Nicholas Delbanco; The Countess of Stanlein Restored; Harper's Magazine (New York); Jan 2001.

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