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Where did this word come from and what does it mean? What are common uses of this word now?
Also how doe sit relate to the looking for an honest man?
Submitted by Jennifer Cooper (Manassas - U.S.A.)
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The ultimate etymology is the Greek 'kunikos', doglike, churlish.
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