The Letters J and K

For some time now, some of my on-line friends have advised me to provide a version of CassidySlangScam without the invective aimed at Cassidy and his supporters. In response to that advice, I am working on providing a glossary of the terms in Cassidy’s ludicrous book How The Irish Invented Slang with a short, simple and business-like explanation of why Cassidy’s version is wrong.

So, I have now completed another two letters in the glossary in Daniel Cassidy’s absurd book, How The Irish Invented Slang, and as with A and B and C, D and E, F and G, and H and I, I have prepared a short account of my conclusions in relation to Cassidy’s efforts.

There are only 27 words in the J and K categories. Added to the 250 words dealt with above, that makes a total of 277 headwords from the glossary of Cassidy’s book. As in the previous letters, none of Cassidy’s explanations is in any way convincing, apart from the word keen, which is already acknowledged as a word of Irish origin in all English dictionaries.

The rest of Cassidy’s ‘research’ in relation to the letters J and K is the usual old nonsense that we have come to expect from Cassidy, a mixture of pure invention and self-promotion and twisting the facts. The most flagrant piece of dishonesty is probably in relation to the word kook, where Cassidy invents a fake definition of the word cuach to make it seem like a credible origin for the English slang term.

Over the next month or two, I will deal with the letters L and M. While my progress with the glossary has been slower than I would wish, I think I should be finished with it by next summer. When there is a clear refutation of every word in Cassidy’s insane book available in these posts, hopefully that will stop all but the biggest kooks and nut-jobs among Cassidy’s supporters from trying to pretend that this man was a rational human being or a genuine scholar, rather than the immoral, narcissistic flake the evidence proves him to have been.

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