One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Especially of a building, structure, or vehicle: = "ramshackle".
2Of a person, action, etc.: = "ramshackle".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Reade (1814–1884), novelist and playwright. Either from ramshackle + -y, after rickety, shaky, or a blend of ramshackle and shackly.
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