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I googled it, and sure enough, it's in the dictionary. Has anyone else ever heard this usage? I'm guessing it's a WWII thing, along with head "honcho" (= 班長？).
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After studying Japanese for a few years, we went back to Mississippi (where my father's friend lives). He used 'skosh' then too and it just clicked. I asked him if by any chance he was saying the Japanese word 'sukoshi.' He just smiled. He told me he went to Japan several times during the Vietnam war.
I'm glad to hear other people are using 'skosh.' I have never heard any other English speaking human say 'skosh,' but what a great addition to the English language--just a skosh.
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As an aside, before I had read somewhere that skosh came from Japanese, I still hadn't made the connection. In my head, one was a word I grew up with, and the other was Japanese. Go figure.
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I can't recall ever hearing it used even when I lived in Minnesota but that doesn't mean it wasn't used and I didn't pick up on it. If I had heard it I would probably have assumed it was of Nordic origin. Being a native English speaker I often struggled with Minnesotan
In this country it would be "move that bucket over just a tad". "Honcho" on the other hand I hear quite frequently.
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For some reason I always thought it was from yiddish.
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As a kid it was connected in my mind with "scooch over" meaning "slide down a little", as in "Could you scooch over a bit so I can sit down?" Checking now apparently "scooch over" comes from "scoot over" which comes from a Scandavian language....
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