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In 1627, A Sea Grammar was published. In that text, Captain John Smith sailed the word kedge into the sea of the English language, and etymologists are still trying to find the exact coordinates of its origin. Many believe "cadge," meaning a "carrier" or "huckster," is hitched to "kedge" and that "cadge" was originally towed in by the Middle English word cagen ("to tie"). "Cagen" is of equestrian origin: it is strapped to the act of hitching a horse used for transporting wares.
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