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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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"The Real McCoy"

"The real McCoy" is an idiom used to mean "the real thing" or "the genuine article," but who—or what—was McCoy? The origins of the phrase are hazy. It may have originated as a corruption of the Scottish phrase "the real MacKay." Alternately, it may have been inspired by the infamous Hatfield and McCoy family feud in the late 19th-century US. Still others trace it back to William McCoy, a Prohibition-era rumrunner who reputedly never watered down his liquor. What are other possible explanations? More...
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:08:44 PM

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Humph! And here I was always thinking about the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:17:23 AM
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And I thought everyone knew "The Real McCoy" originated in a Star Treck episode of the same name! McCoy ("Bones") is beamed down to an alien planet where everyone has a duplicate, but only one is "real." After various misadventures, McCoy is beamed back aboard the Enterprise along with his doppleganger, whereupon Kirk, overacting as usual, exclaims, "Only one of you is 'The Real McCoy!'"

Plausible, right? Anyway, as far as etymologies go, I think it's "The Real McCoy."

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 5:22:48 AM
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It could be the "father of Kansas City" John C. McCoy.
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