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When did we start naming our dogs Rover, and why?

One stereotypical name for a dog is Fido, from the Latin for faithful. Another stereotypical dog-name is Rover. How long has Rover been a common name for a dog in English? Does it have anything to ...
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How did “tot” come to mean a measure or ration?

How did tot, A measure of spirits, especially rum. get that meaning? It seems to have come to mean a specific ration, as in the daily tot of rum given to a sailor in the Royal Navy (well, no ...
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How did “hearties” come to mean “shipmates”?

Typically I find hearty to be used as an adjective, for example: Thank you for this hearty meal He gave a hearty laugh The definition for which can be found in any dictionary and can mean things ...
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Etymology of the phrase “Shiver my timbers”

I've been trying to search for the origin and meaning of the phrase "Shiver my timbers", but can't seem to find anything.