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Cactus = Strine = Oz Slang   [Tip]

By: Martijn Coppoolse   Homepage   Voorburg, NL  
Date: Apr 20,2015 at 19:06
In Response to: Cactus = Strine = Oz Slang (Art Kocsis)

> > Maybe I can help there: it appeared almost simultaneously in
> English,
> > Dutch (kakken) and German (kacken); the earliest references to it
> date
> > from about halfway the 1200s. The most likely etymology is derivation
> > from a Latin verb with the same meaning, cacāre -- indeed, two of
> > the earliest mentions are found accompanying Latin texts.
> Interesting. Then that would explain the word "caca". Don't know how
> international that is but it is common in the US.

I suspect it's rather international. In French, caca is the word most often used by children, akin to poo in English. In Spanish, it has a similar basic meaning, but I’m less familiar with the nuances in usage. I expect "caca" in US english to be imported from Spanish.


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