Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 12:04:43 -0400 From: Barnhart Subject: Fwd: Re(2): The skinny on PROVE, thanks to my colleague Carl Berkhout Perhaps _spitting image_ (See Barnhart Dictionary of Ety.) comes from the noun _spit_ meaning "exact likeness." Such usage is noted from 1825 (OED, n #2, def. 3) "the very spit of..." That suggests _spit 'n image_. David K. Barnhart Barnhart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]