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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The real McCoy

A couple of different explanations have been given for the phrase "the real McCoy," meaning an authentic product: They are:

The US welterweight boxing champion Charles "Kid" McCoy was challenged by a man in a bar to prove he really is the boxing champion. McCoy flattened him and when the man came round he declared that he was indeed the real McCoy.

Kid McCoy Wikipedia Commons

In the late 19th century Scottish Mackay whisky was considered so good, that it was exported to Americans and Canadians with a Scottish background. The name was corrupted by some to "McCoy" but many expatriate Scots insisted on only drinking the real thing or "the real McCoy" rather than imitations.

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