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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 86. The word origin today is

  • cockamamie. All right. It's a very funny sounding word. Let's take a look at the

  • note here. If someone says a person or thing is cockamamie, it means someone or

  • something is ridiculous, silly, unreasonable, unbelievable, etc. So

  • anything kind of along that line. All right. Let's continue. The origin of cockamamie

  • derived from a French decorating term and I think in French it was a decalcomanie

  • Maybe. It started out as a term to describe a craze in the second half

  • of the 1800s which transferred ink images. Images means pictures better

  • known, today as decals. So it's pretty much what today we would call decals. This

  • term was Anglicized. Meaning you know, It was made into like an English version.

  • it was Anglicized in English as decalcomania. Okay. It became popular in

  • the 1920s and 1930s. So it took a while to get to the US. You know, centuries ago

  • it took longer. Many manufacturers of candy and gum gave out these ink

  • transfers free with purchases. They could be applied to the skin as a temporary

  • tattoo. Yeah. I kind of remember this a little bit around when I was a kid.

  • Sometimes you still had seen things like this. It was a temporary tattoo that could later

  • be washed off. So, so it's good for kids they liked it for a while, especially for

  • children. They say children from Brooklyn, New York butchered the pronunciation. So

  • if you butcher the pronunciation, it means you pronounce it very badly and the

  • incorrect bad pronunciation is what ended up catching on. So and butchered

  • the pronunciation and turned it into cockamamie. The way we pronounce it today.

  • Eventually the term came to refer to anything that was ridiculous or silly.

  • like this craze of temporary tattoos. Okay. The former mayor of New York , Ed

  • Koch ... he was mayor I think like in the late 1970s early 1980s. He had two or

  • three terms I think. Yeah used to use this word often in his vocabulary. So he

  • was one of the main , main mayors in the whole country and he was always on

  • talking about oh that's just cockamamie. Yeah.

  • That's nonsense that cockamamie idea . He used to say it all the time. So this term

  • is still very popular in the Northeast, especially around the New York area.

  • All right. Let's continue. All right. We got three examples to show you exactly how

  • it will be used. Example number one. What kind of cockamamie idea is that ? Like you

  • know what kind of crazy, ridiculous, foolish idea is that ? What are you

  • talking about. Or number two. He gave us some cockamamie excuse. I don't believe a

  • word he says. So it is like a ridiculous excuse. All right. And number

  • three here. He made up some cockamamie story that no one believes. Okay. Anyway,

  • that's just the way you would hear it used. Anyway, I hope you got it . I hope you

  • found it informative. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Word Origins 86. The word origin today is

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