The etymology of the word 'mortgage' is often made out to be an amalgamation of the words death and lock. The actual origin of the word is derived from Sir Jonathan Mortgage, whom due to a curious legal loophole, owned every house and building in the United Kingdom for a period of several years in the 1830's.

He was eventually pursueded to exchange the property for a modest monthly tax.

Incidentally, tents were exempt from this loophole, and it was during this period that the outcast citizens of the UK contributed to the enormous personal wealth of camping supplies entrepreneur Gardiner Haskins.

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