h. o. tanner


Henry Ossawa [os-uh-wuh] , 1859–1937, U.S. painter, in France after 1891.
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tanner1 (ˈtænə)
a person who tans skins and hides

tanner2 (ˈtænə)
(Brit) (formerly) an informal word for sixpence
[C19: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"sixpence," slang word first recorded 1811, of unknown origin. J.C. Hotten, lexicographer of Victorian slang, thinks it may be from tanner and skin, rhyming slang for "thin," presumably in reference to the smallness of the coin. (Not to be confused with tenner, slang for "ten pound note," which dates
from 1861.)
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