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Dr. Johnson, while compiling his dictionary, sent a note to
the _Gentleman's Magazine_, to inquire the etymology of the word

CURMUDGEON. Having obtained the desired information, he thus recorded in

his work his obligation to an anonymous writer: "CURMUDGEON, _s._ a vicious

way of pronouncing _coeur mechant_. An unknown correspondent." Ash copied

the word into his dictionary, in the following manner: CURMUDGEON, from the

French, _coeur_, "unknown," and _mechant_, "correspondent!"