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    StellaRay, JVolvo

    to "Welch" or "Welsh" on a debt is a reference to Wales, just as to gyp is a reference to Gypsies, but IMO not one in ten casual users now would even think of the roots of the words.

    They are cases where the modern usage has transcended the origins. Kind of like the term to "cross the Rubicon" How many people know that the Rubicon is a river or "beyond the pale" references the land beyond a "Pale" of demarcation as in the The Pale of Settlement in Russia or Dublin?

    "But much to my surprise when I opened my eyes I was the victim of the great compromise." John Prine

    by high uintas on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 03:45:53 PM PST

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