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Post by Archived Topic » Sun Oct 10, 2004 9:22 pm

Please help with word origin
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Oct 10, 2004 9:51 pm

Pl tobacci - often shortened to bacci
I intend to write a short monograph on the subject
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Oct 10, 2004 10:05 pm

Go back to the old tunes of Rare Earth-'Tobacco Road' and a dictionary, of course, and you will find it.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Oct 10, 2004 10:20 pm

The word "tobacco" actually derives from the verb "to baco" .. its derivation flows from "baco noir" .. "baco noir" is also called "Baco" and is a hybrid wine grape variety produced from a cross of Vitis vinefera var. (Folle Blanche, a French wine) and a unknown variety of Vitis Riparia (an American wine) .. over time it became apparent that the wine produced from this grape was rather bland and insipid and could not even be marketed in CA .. so the growers decided to burn the offedning plants .. upon doing this they found that the leaves burned with an aromatic intesity and when inhaled produced slight intoxication .. they decided to test this further by rolling up the leaves and burning them and directly inhaling the smoke .. this activity took its name from the original grape variety, viz "baco" and pickers would say they were going "to baco" meaning to inhale some smoke .. from there the growers needed a catchy name for marketing their new drug and decided on "tobaco" .. phew !! .. so there you have it .. another cyber etymology ..
WoZ of Aus. 06/11/03
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Oct 10, 2004 10:34 pm

You could try http://www.tobacco.org/History/history.html

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