punch

punch
\ \ English has three distinct words punch, not counting the capitalized character in the Punch and Judy show, but two of them are probably ultimately related. Punchhit’ [14] originated as a variant of Middle English pouncepierce, prod’. This came from Old French poinsonnerprick, stamp’, a derivative of the noun poinsonpointed tool’ (source of the now obsolete English puncheonpointed tool’ [14]).
\ \ And poinson in turn came from Vulgar Latin *punctiō, a derivative of *punctiārepierce, prick’, which went back to the past participle of Latin pungereprick’ (source of English point, punctuation, etc). Punchtool for making holes’ [15] (as in ‘ticket punch’) probably originated as an abbreviated version of puncheon. Punchdrink’ [17] is said to come from Hindi pānch, a descendant of Sanskrit panchanfive’, an allusion to the fact that the drink is traditionally made from five ingredients: spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice. This has never been definitely established, however, and an alternative possibility is that it is an abbreviation of puncheonbarrel’ [15], a word of uncertain origin.
\ \ The name of Mr Punch [17] is short for Punchinello, which comes from a Neapolitan dialect word polecenella. This may have been a diminutive of Italian polecenayoung turkey’, which goes back ultimately to Latin pullusyoung animal, young chicken’ (source of English poultry). It is presumably an allusion to Punch’s beaklike nose.
\ \ Cf.POINT, PUNCTUATION

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