Posted by Gary Martin on April 18, 2008 at 12:46:
In Reply to: Lord Muck posted by RRC on April 17, 2008 at 20:08:
: : Does anyone know the origins of Lady/Lord Muck?
: The term I'm familiar with is Lord High Muckety-Muck which I'm guessing might be related. According to a recent Word of the Day on Merriam-Webster's site http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/mwwodarch.pl?Mar.07.2008 it's from a Chinook jargon term.
'Muckety-muck' and Lord Muck do mean the same thing, but the OED places 'muckety-muck' as a US phrase from the 1920s and cites 'Lord/Lady Muck' from a little earlier - around 1900, and of Australian origin.