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A is for alligator.


Etymology – word of the day.
A is for alligator.  (The etymology of the word ‘alligator’)

Alligator

1560s, lagarto, modern form attested from 1620s, a corruption of Sp. el lagarto (de Indias) “the lizard (of the Indies),” from L. lacertus (see lizard). Alligarter was an early variant. The slang meaning “non-playing devotee of swing music” is attested from 1936; the phrase see you later, alligator is from a 1957 song title.
From the Online Etymology Dictionary
Or as they say today L8tr Allig8tr.
Informative links:
Crocodiles – http://www.thebigzoo.com/Animals/American_Alligator.asp
Mississippi alligator –  http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/cnhc/csp_amis.htm