Words: baloney, n.
Thursday 01 July 1999
Baloney, as sausage, comes from Bologna in the 16th century. The OED doubts any such link in the sense of foolishness, but Ramon Adams notes that such sausages are made from inferior bulls; and a hint of blarney is detected by Jonathan Lighter, whose first, 1920 citation (Variety) is a decade earlier than that in the OED, which overlooks meanings from the same era: automobile tyre and penis. A Casanova could, then, pun "My baloney's on a roll."
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