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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:21 pm 
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an seanduine wrote:
Without opening a veritable can of PC worms, I have to wonder if ´manky´ doesn´t share some DNA with a french pejorative: Homme manqué?

Probably. The Collins dictionary suggests it's via Polari argot, from the Italian mancare which has a similar meaning.

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Are we missing something? ;-)

The current colloquial sense is simply "yucky", really.

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jemtheflute wrote:
The current colloquial sense is simply "yucky", really.

Yeah, I understand that. I just go by the assumption that the meaning had changed in the appropriation.

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But I think it was more likely he made his choice primarily on its consistency with English, Irish, and Scottish (and no doubt other -ishes as well). Hence, Mannish.

If we're inventing new ones, how about Man(n)ic?

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Peter Duggan wrote:
Nanohedron wrote:
But I think it was more likely he made his choice primarily on its consistency with English, Irish, and Scottish (and no doubt other -ishes as well). Hence, Mannish.

If we're inventing new ones, how about Man(n)ic?

Oooh. Good one. :thumbsup:

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Nanohedron wrote:
The Collins dictionary suggests it's via Polari argot, from the Italian mancare which has a similar meaning.

Ooh lovely! I like Polari. We get a fair few of our everyday words from Polari; more than people realise.

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