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[muhd-sil] /ˈmʌdˌsɪl/

the lowest of a structure, usually placed in or on the ground.

1680s, “lowest sill of a house,” from mud + sill. The word entered U.S. political history in a speech by James M. Hammond of South Carolina, March 4, 1858, in U.S. Senate, alluding scornfully to the very mudsills of society, and the term subsequently was embraced by Northern workers in the pre-Civil War sectional rivalry.


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