Date: Thu, 22 Jun 1995 22:23:00 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Hot as...: a late entry While the derivation from Tophet is quite compelling, consider the following possibly related datum (conveyed by Barbara Abbott of Michigan State U.): >My mother always said "Hot as tunkit". But she never told us what tunkit >was, or how hot it was. Or how to spell it either. She grew up in >Freeport Ill. anyone for tunkit? Larry