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Posted By: Amos
25-Jul-11 - 01:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology | 1996 | T. F. HOAD | 195 words | © The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology 1996, originally published by Oxford University Press 1996.
sirrah: condescending or contemptuous term of address to men and boys. XVI. Early forms syrra, sirah, also serray, sirry, surry, later (XIX) siree, prob. alt. of late ME. disyll. pronunc. of SIRE.
It is found in generous application in the plays of Wm Shakespeare, and is attested as early as the 1500's.