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David McWethy
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GW Suggestions

Postby David McWethy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:32 pm

IOU; shill/shilling
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Re: GW Suggestions

Postby Slava » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:18 am

Shill and shilling (the coin) don't appear to be related. Unless someone has figured out where the idea of shill came from.

What does the IOU mean? Apart from the obvious, that is.
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Re: GW Suggestions

Postby David McWethy » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:31 pm

Yes, the obvious meaning of IOU is, well, obvious. My curiosity is whether there's a story behind it, such as with OK/"oll korrekt". Did it just spring, full blown, from the head of Zeus or is it found in writings of the 1500s?

Idle curiosity, that's all.
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