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January 30, 2017


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Interesting - I've never seen blunderbuss used in this way before. Is donderbus also the reason people prone to mistakes are called dunderheads?

Janelle: Here's what the OED says about "dunderhead":

The origin of dunder in this and the following words is obscure.
It may possibly be connected with dunner v., dunner n.1 (which also occur as dunder ): cf also Scots donner to stun as with a blow or loud noise: see donnered adj. Some association between dunder and blunder appears to be indicated by the change of Dutch donderbus to blunderbuss.

Thanks :)

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