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My dad's family are Ulster Irish, arriving PA ca. 1798, there till 1850ish and then on to Illinois and Iowa. A spouse of Quaker background married in there in Illinois, as I recall. Fertile ground for "lookee," I suppose. Thank you for keeping digging, yee'uns.
I grew up in Michigan using the word, "lookee." "Lookee there, a bird!" I have no idea as to its origin; both my parents used the phrase and my mother (my father is deceased), can't remember having learned it. My parents are from northern Wisconsin...my father's family from Illinois/Iowa/Pennsylvani...
- Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:41 pm
- Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
- Topic: palm off / pawn off
- Replies: 11
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Just because a phrase is used in a newspaper article should not necessarily lend credibility to its use. Journalists, too, can labor under misperceptions and misunderstandings, and their editors as well. I would say either phrase can be used to describe ridding onself of something; however, "palm of...