ADS-L Digest - 23 Oct 2008 to 24 Oct 2008 (#2008-299)

Sat Oct 25 04:58:12 UTC 2008

Did my question about the origin of "mobcap" ever run?  I dont'  remember 
seeing it, nor getting any answers.
Basically, I always thot it was a slurring of "mop cap," which makes sense,  
given that it holds your hair out of your face and off your neck, a good idea  
when wielding a mop..  The dictionary says it comes from "maid's cap,"  which 
really doesn't.  Make sense, that is.

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