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Old 05-21-2020, 01:48 PM   #10
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Variations on a theme.


Though the etymology of lummox is heavily disputed, one thing is for certain: It came from East Anglia, the coastal outcrop of Britain above London.
There, around 1825, someone threw out the word as an insult, and it stuck, becoming a typically British go-to term.
Some linguists believe it comes from the word lummock, which typified a lummox: it means a clumsy oaf.
If pressed, I'd have put its origins in the West Country.
It just doesn't sound as if it originated in East Anglia.

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