"Keister" etymology (valise=turkey?)

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat Dec 10 04:59:02 UTC 2005

>Any updates on "keister"?

HDAS derives it from German "Kiste", which seems likely enough, although I
don't know whether alternative derivations (e.g., from the English or Scots
cognate "kist" or from the Irish cognate "ciste") have been thoroughly

Here's a spelling variant (from N'archive):


_Evening Democrat_ (Warren PA), 27 Nov. 1894: p. "2":

<<He [the baggageman] approaches you with a smile, goes away with
twenty-five cents and ties your bruised and battered kister with a tow


-- Doug Wilson

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