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On Sat, 2009-07-04 at 21:36 -0400, Mark J. Reed wrote:


> I never heard this word before watching "Jonathan Creek".  Couldn't
> find an etymology.  Anyone know where it comes from?
> 
> (British slang, from context meaning "on the level", "genuine", "kosher", etc.)

It's not very common these days, though I've used it. It can mean
genuine, but in the sense of "good quality" rather than "not fake". Thus
someone can do a "pukka job" or offer a "kosher deal": the two are not
interchangeable.