Thursday, August 2, 2012

Etymology of Boycott attn: @adamcarolla and @oreillyfactor

For people who apparently don't have access to dictionaries, either hard copies or online, "Boycott" was a proper surname of an evil Tory:
Charles C. Boycott †1897 English land agent in Ireland who was ostracized for refusing to reduce rents
Charles, according to the alleged link on wikipedia, looked the part of a snotty tweedy Tory overlord:

Both Bill O'Reilly and Adam Carolla complained that the word "boycott" is seemingly sexist and offered carp gender neutral morphologies of "girl-cotts" or "miss-cotts":

It somewhat begs the question of what on earth people think the second syllable "cott" possibly means. Perhaps they're being old school and assume its the obsolete definition of "cote" :

To go side by side with; hence, to pass by; to outrun and get before; as, a dog cotes a hare
Of course, perhaps I'm just being humorlessly overly pedantic and persnickety  in my unsolicited feedback, and should just chill out in a "buy-cott" of Chick-Fil-A.

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