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Mike Sutton
Mike Sutton
Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.
 

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Feb. 23, 2013 4:47 am
Readers of my recent mythbusting work (e.g. here and here ) will know that I have developed a research technique called internet dating (so called because it’s remotely like carbon dating the veracity or the published origins of words and phrases). Internet dating as a research technique relies upon efficiently and systematically sifting and synthesizing knowledge inside books, journals,...  Read More
Feb. 22, 2013 3:12 am
Research Boots-out The Etymological Bootlegger Origin Myth Without a single reference to support the claim, all of the major dictionaries and etymology textbooks assert confidently that the words bootleg, bootlegging and bootlegger all stem from the past practice of illegal alcohol peddlers concealing their product inside their boots. OK - let's try to picture these mythical bootleggers and...  Read More
Feb. 14, 2013 8:03 am
Postscript . Feb 2017 : The Oxford English Dictionary has an earlier date for Black Market than the one I discovered: 1727 D. Defoe Compl. Eng. Tradesman (ed. 2) I. Suppl. ii. 21: But the weaver wanting the money immediately..goes to another kind of market, and which I may say is a black market of thieves to him. My discovery is relvant now to the term being applied for slave...  Read More
Feb. 6, 2013 1:34 pm
Peer-to-Peer Brief Blog Article Briefing note 6/2/2013 Current etymological and criminological knowledge (e.g. Oxford University Press Dictionaries Onlne 2013 and Pearson, G. 1983 – pp. 74-74) has it that the word hooligan entered into common English usage in the 1890’s as the lyrics to a song published in 1898. Until now, it seems that nobody has found the word hooligan published...  Read More
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