Re: **skivvies**

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Mar 23 1998 - 16:57:43 EST

At 2:57 PM -0600 3/23/98, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>At 10:31 AM 3/23/98 -0800, Allison Sanders wrote:
>>> What meaning do *you* assign to the English
>>Very Intersting...actually, I've only heard the
>>word used to refer to, well, ummm, (whispering) boxer
>OK, time for some creative etymology.

Jonathan's was creative enough (I can't believe I started this with my
innocent little question yesterday about "eschew"!); I think perhaps it's
worth recalling the one piece of fascinating etymology that Jim Beale and I
discovered a couple years back: do you know what Greek word "squirrel"
derives from?

Give up? It's SKIOUROS, from SKIA and OUROS: "shadow-tail."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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