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Assuming it was named after a person who was the Cotter that the Cotter pin was named for?

Question #136785. Asked by endoverend.
Last updated Jun 09 2021.
Originally posted Aug 02 2014 1:10 PM.

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Such a real handy gaget. The cotter pin was invented by one Ira J. Young ,who applied for the U.S. patent in 1912. Mr. Young was from St. Louis , Missouri at the time according to the present day leader in manufacturing this product - Western Wire Products.


Response last updated by satguru on Jun 09 2021.
Aug 02 2014, 2:01 PM
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1640s, perhaps a shortened form of cotterel, a dialectal word for "cotter pin or bolt, bracket to hang a pot over a fire" (1560s), itself of uncertain origin.


Aug 02 2014, 5:23 PM
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