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Etymology is the history of the origin of words and phrases.

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The more common spelling is Cockamamie, which provides some likely suspects. Etymology Online and World Wide Words suggest that it's a jumbled and easier-to-pronounce version of the French …
answered Jul 24 '11 by Matthew Frederick
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It has a religious source: And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. — Mark 15:37 (KJV) (BibleGateway) However, it doesn't have a religious connotation in everyday use.
answered May 10 '12 by Matthew Frederick