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At 23:49 2.12.2003, [log in to unmask] wrote:

>ObPeculiar:  Eng "silhouette" < Fr. < name of Etienne de Silhouette,
>penny-pinching Minister of Finance under Louis XV < Basque surname
>Zilhueta < Basque zilo ~ zulo 'hole' + -eta 'abundance of'.  So neither
>female nor diminutive, but plain Hobson-Jobson.

Do you know the etymology of Hobson-Jobson?



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