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Post by Archived Topic » Sun Jan 31, 1999 12:00 am

Origin of the word mun
Submitted by Mike Gough (Edinburgh - Scotland)
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Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

If by 'mun' you mean the definition 'mouth', or in slang 'the chops' or the face, then it comes from Old Norse 'munnr' (modern Swedish is 'mun'; Danish is 'mund'). It can also be an abbrev. of 'money' and the name of a class of street-ruffians in the seventeenth century.
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