This word has a sad and evil, cruel story to it. Every 5 November, the British celebrate the 1605 foiling of a plot to blow up the parliament buildings by Guy Fawkes. As part of the festivities, an effigy of Fawkes dressed in rags and old mismatched clothes, it was paraded through the crowded streets of the British town, then burned on a bonfire. Since then anyone with ugly cloths was often called a guy but when the word traveled overseas to the States who had no relation to the British parliament the word was used to refer any average man.
Did you know that Guy Fawkes participated in a plot to kill King James 1 because of his tyranny and religious idiocy. But the plan didn’t go so well. He also wanted kill Jame’s family too.