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On The Origin Of “Shyster”

Profile of “master etymologist” Gerald Cohen, whose Comments on Etymology, still published only on paper, has documented, among many other things, the origins of “shyster”, “hot dog”, “the Big Apple”, “jazz”, and “dude”. His latest draft monograph on the origins of “jazz” runs to 167 pages. In his day job at the University of Missouri he teaches general linguistics, Russian, French, German, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew (1,566 words)

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