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  • The Spanish "bodega" is derived from Latin "apotheca," by dropping the initial syllable and "softening" the remaining sounds:

    bo'de'ga < -- > po'the'ca

    Thus, if you want to feel particularly genteel or old world, refer to your local bodega as the "apothecary."

    October 5, 2008

  • The meaning "clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)" comes from Yiddish "trogn," to dress or to wear a dress, by way of Polari, a cant language.

    October 5, 2008

  • Dates back to at least the 17th century, probably from thieves' cant "nickum-poop."

    October 5, 2008

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