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Post by Archived Topic » Thu Jan 28, 1999 12:00 am

how did the word nasty originate?
Submitted by Leighsa Wilson (Wilmington - U.S.A.)
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Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

There is no definite origin. Links have been suggested with the Dutch 'nestig', foul, dirty and Swedish dialect 'naskug', nasty, dirty, but neither has been proved.
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