Before Mel Gibson’s rant, what was the word’s link to a religious mystery?Mel Gibson sure seems to have a problem with vulgar tirades. Vulgar used to mean “of the common people” before it acquired the sense of “off-color.” And a tirade literally derives from the French tirare, “to pull continuously.” The actor’s ex-girlfriend is making tabloid headlines with claims that she has a recording of the troubled actor engaging ina racist, hate-filled harangue against her. This follows his infamous intoxicated rant …
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Origin of Puritan ethic
First recorded in 1970–75
Also called Puritan work ethic.
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