The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #82148   Message #1504369
Posted By: Abby Sale
19-Jun-05 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: happy? - June 18 (The Plains of Waterloo)
Subject: RE: happy? - June 18
Well, sure it's a joke but also (just barely) a possible correct usage. That Skirts in general part tells you. From Oxford: ORIGIN from obsolete 'petty coat,' small coat.

But so many words do change, go sideways, reverse:

sophisticated - once a severe derrogatory of silly/false reasoning

bad

rout (as in Of the Blues)

must be many hundreds of examples