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the origin of the word 'pimp'

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the origin of the word 'pimp'

this week in Greek class we learned the vocab word πεμπω, or pempo, which means 'to send' or 'to bid a thing to be carried to one'. Which sounds an awful lot like a pimp. But! when looking up their possible connection most people have not considered this. Is this a possible root? or does it come from somewhere else?

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The OED just says “late 16th century, of unknown origin

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Merriam-Webster suggests pimp is "probably akin to British dialect pimp small bundle of sticks, Middle English pymple papule, German Pimpf young boy, kid, literally, little fart, Pumpf, Pumps fart"

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pimp

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German Pimpf young boy

Someone needs to tell people over at r/ich_iel

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literally a pfimpf year old, is it, five ~ fünf "5", regional fimpf, see also Piefke derogatory for a German, PIE \penkwos, Lat. cinquo, see also chico, etc.

can't jail a five year old so they make good pedler in the streets to acquire customer for the mams

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I'm making an interactive website for exploring etymology, and here're my results so far: https://imgur.com/a/5HK1yjJ

Right now it only looks at wiktionary, and only ancestors, but I'm gonna add a lot more features soon

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Somewhat related, the word prostitute comes from the Latin pro-stitutio which loosely means to stand in front of something, which is what the women in front of brothels did as they looked to get customers inside.

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Compare Danish pampe (“to boast, brag”), English to pamper, German pampig ("uncouth")

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