Why do we call frivolous, lame or naff things cheesy?
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Interestingly enough, Etymonline suggests that it has nothing to do with cheese:
Cheese, on the other hand, ultimately comes from Latin (caseus), taking a detour via West Germanic (compare German Käse, Dutch kaas).
Another etymology dictionary has a different take:
Upon second look, this etymology also comes from Etymonline.com, the same source as the other answer posted. So it appears that this website has updated their information on this topic since 2011. That is puzzling because they have entirely dropped the stuff about "Urdu chiz", which is just a bit suspicious. Are they just making this stuff up?
protected by tchrist Oct 1 '12 at 3:51
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