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Don't mess with him, that fink, that greenhorn!

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After Old Dog/New Tricks called me a Greenhorn (on Horse Forum) it reminded me of some interesting factoids about the above terms.

I am a greenhorn in more ways than one. That word was a term of derision aimed at the Irish who early on came to this country wearing tri-horn hats.

"Fink" my husband read recently, is a journalism term which stands for:
Frendly Insider with Needed Knowledge

And "don't mess with him" supposedly comes from soldiers refusing to eat with a deserter who has been returned to the army.
 

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