Etymology Day, Part Ten

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Kibosh or kabosh. A slang phrase, surfacing somewhere around 1836. You know, to “put the kibosh on something?” Apparently it is of unknown origin (bien sur), but there are a few possibilities. One candidate is Irish, caipín báis “cap of death,” sometimes said to be the black cap a judge would don when pronouncing a death sentence. Could also be related to the Turkish “bosh,” meaning empty talk, nonsense,” 1834, from Turkish, lit. “empty.”

Floozie also floozy, “woman of disreputable character,” 1902, perhaps a variation of flossy “fancy, frilly” (1890s slang), with the notion of “fluffiness.”

Thanks, etymology online!

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