Cassidese Glossary – Pet

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.

In his etymological hoax, How The Irish Invented Slang, the late Daniel Cassidy claimed that the English word pet comes from the Irish or Scottish Gaelic word peata, with the same meaning of a tame animal. What he does not say is that this is a claim that has been made many times before by authorities like the Oxford English Dictionary, as you can see from this link:

A pet topic

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