Where does the word ‘blackmail’ come from, anyway?

By The Christian Science Monitor
Friday, December 7, 2012 10:51 EDT
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Etymology notes on a scandal (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Inquiring minds want to know, perhaps because they’ve been reading about the Petraeus scandal: What’s the origin of the word “blackmail”? The idea of a public official having to resign because moral missteps may have left him vulnerable to blackmail may seem quaint. But so it has played out in the…

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