Another Example of Linguistic Change


In English we tend to combine oft-repeated phrases into single words. Here’s another example; second panel:

Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher

I think this dated back to the 1920s. It’s the first time I’ve seen “skin flint” instead of “skinflint.” I wonder if “cheapskate” was ever two words. I wouldn’t mind getting an ice cream cone for a quarter, though…

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