Origins #19: Sideburns

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Ambrose Burnside

Ambrose Burnside

Ambrose Burnside was a Civil War general (Union Army) with impressive facial hair.

After he appeared in parades in Washington, DC, his long bushy side-whiskers became fashionable.

Those whiskers were first known as burnsides; the word later grew into sideburns.

Definition courtesy of Merriam-Webster, as part of their Top 10 Words from People’s Names, which can be viewed by clicking here. Lynch, maverick, boycott, and other cool words can be found there, as well.

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