Gambling Terms To Get Ahead
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What Do “Numpire” and “Ewt” Have in Common?
These funny-looking words may not be recognizable, but they were the ancestors of our modern-day umpire and newt. So, how did they evolve into their current forms? Because of the pesky letter n, the indefinite article a/an, and the fact that a bunch of English-speakers hundreds of years ago had hearing problems. The bouncing n and rebracketing Words like numpire and ewt underwent a process we’re playfully calling the …
Also bouncing Bess [bes] /bɛs/.
Origin of bouncing Bet
First recorded in 1880–85
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Bouncing-bet and her comely hearty cousins of the pink family made delightsome many a corner of our home garden.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
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