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When Pluck Was Slang

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
March
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
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This word affords an instance of the way in which slang words in the course of time became adopted iirtocnrrent English. We now meet with pluck .and pincky as the recogntzed eqnivalents of "courage" and "courageous." An entry in Sir Walter Scott's "Journal" shows titat in 1827 the word had not yet lost its low character. Ue says (vol. II, p. 30), "Want of that article blackgnardly called pluck." lts origin is obvióos. Prom early times the heart has been popnlariy regarded as the seat of courage. Now, when a buteher lays open a carcass he divides thegreat vessels of the heart, cnts throngh the windprpe and theii plocks out together the united heart and langs - lights he calis thein - and he terms tíie vmited mass "the

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Subjects
Old News
Ann Arbor Argus