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Re: "Skank": origin unknown

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on May 31, 2004

In Reply to: "Skank": origin unknown posted by R. Berg on May 29, 2004

: The OED's Word of the Day is "skank." It'll be up for the next 23 hours and 50 minutes. Don't bother clicking the Etymology button: all you get is "Origin unknown."

My best etymological guess is "skeevy"+"rank", but I don't have tools powerful enough to determine where "skeevy" came from. We used to say it a lot in 7th grade, and it wouldn't surprise me if the etymology is unknown.