Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Yegg

 
 
 
WORD OF THE DAY
March 20, 2018
 
 
 
yegg Audio pronunciation
 
noun | YEG  
 
Definition
 
:
one that breaks open safes to steal : safecracker; also : robber
 
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Safecracker first appeared in print in English around 1873, but English speakers evidently felt that they needed a more colorful word for this rather colorful profession. No one is quite sure where yegg came from. Its earliest known use in print is from a 1901 New York Times article. This same article also includes the first known print use of the variant yeggmen. Yegg has always been less common than safecracker, but it still turns up once in a while.
 
 
Examples of YEGG
 
"Last Friday night while Sonoma peacefully slept a gang of yeggs, evidently professionals for they wore gloves to conceal all fingerprints, hammered away at the big safe of the Napa Milling Company, broke it open and escaped with $153 in cash, an account book and checks totaling $215."
The Sonoma (California) Index-Tribune, 6 Sept. 1935
 
"The cops grabbed him and another yegg for a Philadelphia store burglary."
James Lardner and Thomas Reppetto, NYPD: A City and Its Police, 2000
 
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