almost 25 years of age and only today does tatterdemalion come into my life
my mind is officially blown
also, did you know merriam-webster does not know the origin of nitty-gritty? just thought i'd keep you updated on that one
also gung-ho, according to dictionary.com "comes from Mandarin Chinese gōnghé, "to work together," which was used as a motto by the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society. Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson (1896-1947) borrowed the motto as a moniker for meetings in which problems were discussed and worked out; the motto caught on among his Marines (the famous "Carlson's Raiders"), who began calling themselves the "Gung Ho Battalion."
which, of course, raises the question, who names their son Evans?