Joe Joe.Nankivell at
Tue May 13 11:01:31 EDT 2003

On 13 May 2003, at 10:44, Anna Clare McDuff wrote:

You beat me to it! I was just about to hit send with the same three 
meanings. The online OED has the fourth (with a capital 'M') - here 
it is:

'In the fiction of J K Rowling, a person who possesses no magical 
powers. Hence in allusive and extended uses: a person who lacks 
a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some 

The quotes cited come from Computer Weekly and New Tribune, 
and do indeed show the word in non-wizarding contexts. 
> 	I have a complete yet compact OED that dates I think from 1987. I
> think the main dictionary is a two volume copy of the 1971 dictionary with
> a 1987 supplementary volume. I just had a look & Muggle is in the main
> dictionary, after Muggins, Muggish, and Muggite, in fact it has two
> separate listings & is followed by Muggletonian! However, both listings
> for Muggle say that its origin & meaning are obscure, and one of the two
> entries says it is "an alleged Kentish word for 'tail'"! Scepticism always
> was one of the OED's more endearing traits :-). The earliest citation is
> 1205.  I would type it out but it involves Anglo Saxonish letters that
> I've only come across in Icelandic & don't know how to accurately
> transcribe. And the supplementary volume gives a modern usage pertaining
> to cannabis. 

Yeah. "'Ever smoke any muggles?' he asked." - not really JKR, is it?

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