Talk:quirky

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quirky etymology[edit]

Possible Origin of Quirky is Quercus (Latin 'Oak')[edit]

  1. There seems to be little known about the origin of quirky and I would suggest that it comes from the latin quercus which means 'Oak' and that the origin relates to the shape of the Oak Tree Leaf which is 'peculiar in its behaviour' which ties in with the definition of quirk when applied to people and possibly especially the British. JasonRich 10:27, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
How about quirk +‎ -y? Mglovesfun (talk) 10:58, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
Nah! Much more likely from a Germanic language - possibly quer. There's nothing much like it in any Romance language. SemperBlotto 11:00, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
I found a source[1] from 1888 which supports that. I think it was popularized by Jean Berko Gleason's Wugs test. Take a look at the ngram viewer[2] --Hypergeek14 (talk) 06:11, 7 December 2016 (UTC)