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Peter Tamony

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Peter Tamony (October 9, 1902 – July 24, 1985) was an American folk-etymologist who is noted for his research on American colloquial speech, Jazz music and sports. Early life Tamony was born at home in San Francisco, California, to Irish immigrants. He attended a parochial school at St. Peter's Church, and learned Latin and rhetoric from the progressive Father Peter Yorke, a supporter of modernizing the church, organized labor, and Irish independence. In 1905, Tamony's family bought a flat at 2876 24th Street in the Mission District where he lived for eighty years until his death at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. Interest in language Tamony first became interested in etymology when he noticed various speech patterns. At the age of 20, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and couldn't participate in sports; this led him to pay close attention to sports in newspapers, and from there to analyzing how people used words. His sources eventuall
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