Cut is an onomatopoeic word -- its sharp sound suggests hidden sinister meanings. Cutpurses have disappeared -- a purse being slightly passe -- and their place taken by pickpockets. Cutthroats -- not all of whom are overcharging shopkeepers -- seem to have increased, thanks to the encores of certain political parties.
Sharma, Mohan Lal
"Cut and Come Again,"
Word Ways: Vol. 3
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol3/iss3/15