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Posted by Bob on September 24, 2007

In Reply to: New-fangled posted by William Cooper on September 24, 2007

: What is the origin of the phrase, "new-fangled"?

Fangled is a word Shakespeare used, meaning newly-made. It's obsolete now, except as used in the phrase new-fangled.

It's from a Saxon word, according to Brewer:
A new-fangled notion is one just started or entertained. (Saxon. fengan, to begin.)

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