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how did the word nasty originate?
Submitted by Leighsa Wilson (Wilmington - U.S.A.)
Signature: Topic imported and archived
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.
Signature: Jonathon Green