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