One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A title of courtesy or respect prefixed to the first name of an older man.
1920s. From Tagalog Mang from ma- (in mama man, especially one with whom one is not acquainted) + -ng-, connective (followed by a name).
1with object To mix, mingle; to knead. Now Newfoundland and British regional.
2Now Scottish and English regional (northern).(a) with object. To bewilder, to lead astray; (b) without object to be bewildered, to go wrong; to rave, go mad.
with object To beg (someone) for money, etc. Also without object: to beg, cadge.
Middle English (in an earlier sense). Probably from mung: continuation of a variant without i-mutation of ming (as suggested in Sc. National Dict s.v.) is probably less likely given the scarcity of early attestations<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Lexicon Balatronicum: a dictionary of buckish slang, university wit, and pickpocket eloquence. From Angloromani mong from Romani mang- to want, beg from Sanskrit mārg- to seek, ask for.
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