Humorist Finley Peter Dunne, then a sportswriter, coined
this word for a left-handed baseball pitcher while covering sports in
Chicago in the 1880's. Home plate in the Chicago ball park was then to the
west, so that a left-handed pitcher released the ball from the "paw", or
hand, on the south side. The word soon came to describe any left-hander.
These are some of my favorites below. Use these resources if you need to look something up immediately. I appreciate anyone requesting
a word origin to send me one of their favorites including the citation.
Other sites with word and phrase origins:
IPL Pathfinder: Word and Phrase Origins
and Etymology On-line
Months, Days, And Zodiac
Can't Cut the Mustard.
Eat your heart out.
Kit and Caboodle
Mums the Word
Mud in Your Eye.
Pass the Buck
Pay through the nose
Rule of Thumb
Days of the Week
Month name Origins