Cassidese Glossary – Throng

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. 

The word throng means a crowd or large group of people. Daniel Cassidy, in his etymological hoax, How The Irish Invented Slang, claimed that this was from the Irish word drong, with the same meaning. When I first saw this claim, I made the assumption that drong is a borrowing from Old Norse into Irish. In fact, this is incorrect. Drong is probably (according to the excellent Celtic scholar Ranko Matasović) an ancient borrowing from Germanic into Proto-Celtic, so it goes back before Irish had differentiated from the main stem of Celtic.

Regardless of the origins of drong, the English word throng is of ancient Germanic origin and does not come from Irish, as you can see at this link:

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