Victor Hugo, British soldiers convicted of
crimes had to wear their red coats inside out so that the black lining showed;
what two-syllable neologism resulted?
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According to the COD, the word blackguard - which means "scoundrel" - was a term used
to describe menials.
[Mootguy: I'm pretty sure that Hugo's is a false etymology, I
haven't been able to find any reputable source that backs it up. If anyone has
any info, please pass it along and I'll attach it to the answer.]
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