Phrase for the day- the real McCoy

Do you ever wonder where certain sayings came from? The “real McCoy” is used to mean, an authentic item, not a fake or a copy. But where did it hail from, you may ask.

“The real MacKay,” is a Scots phrase that first appeared in print in 1856 as “A drappie o’ [drop of] the real MacKay,” according to the Scottish National Dictionary; the same work says that the phrase was later adopted as a slogan to promote G Mackay & Co Ltd’s whisky. The Webster’s Dictionary also quotes Robert Louis Stevenson from 1883 in a letter saying “He’s the real Mackay.”

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  1. Unlike lexical semantics, which focuses on the meanings of individual words, the field of compositional semantics looks at the meanings of sentences and longer utterances. Much of the focus of traditional semantics has been on vocabulary, but contemporary semantics is increasingly concerned with the analysis of sentence meaning, or al least of those aspects of sentenced meaning that cannot be predicted from the sum of the individual lexemes.


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