reach (?)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Nov 5 14:33:31 UTC 2010

Interesting, although as Garson suggests we don't know why made this modification.  "Porch"  at least has
the same number of letters.  And under "porch" in the OED I find:

1929 Amer. Speech 5 124 'Piazzer' was the only term applied to a
veranda [sc. in the dialect of Maine]. The 'porch' was a sort of
extra shed-kitchen used as a laundry.

Perhaps someone can tell us from this article when it was that
"porch" was used to describe this structure.  However, this seems to
equate the "porch" with the "shed-kitchen/laundry".  In George's 1766
quotation the "Peach *belong[ed]* to the Kitchen".

I don't offhand see any definition under "porch" in the OED that
helps understand why one might belong to a kitchen.


At 11/4/2010 09:53 PM, Garson O'Toole wrote:
>In the following version the word is "Porch". I have no idea where
> found this text. They may have modified the text
>given by George since they say it is from the "New York Mercury":
>The tall lighthouse on the low-lying sandy spit was easily seen by
>mariners, but being the only structure of any height for several
>miles, it apparently was also susceptible to lightning strikes. In
>June of 1766, the New York Mercury reported:
>The 26th Instant, the Lighthouse at Sandy Hook was struck by
>Lightning, and twenty panes of the Glass Lanthorn broke to pieces; the
>chimney and Porch belonging to the kitchen was broken down, and some
>people that were in the House received a little Hurt, but are since
>recovered. 'Tis said the Gust was attended with a heavy shower of
>On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 6:57 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> > I see that the Newport Mercury of July 7 and the Georgia Gazette of
> > Aug. 6 of the same year of 1766 have the same story -- and quite
> > clearly reproduce the "peach"!  *They* must have known ... or both
> > had particularly robotic typesetters.
> >
> > Perhaps "peak"?  "The kitchen chimneys pass up through the peaks of
> > their respective roofs ..."  From The Western literary messsenger
> > ..., 1853, vols. 20-21, page 137, in an article titled "Design for a
> > Farm House".  [GB, Full view.]  Perhaps the light house had a kitchen
> > shed with a peaked roof (and a kitchen would need a chimney), and the
> > chimney and kitchen were a high point on the light house, so
> > susceptible to a lightning strike?
> >
> > Joel
> >
> > At 11/4/2010 05:24 PM, George Thompson wrote:
> >>I don't see anything in OED that explains this:
> >>
> >>         The 26th Instant, the Light House at Sandy-Hook was struck
> >> by Lightning, and twenty Panes of the Glass Lanthorn broke to
> >> Pieces; the Chimney and Peach [sic] belonging to the Kitchen, was
> >> broke down, and some People that were in the House received a
> >> little Hurt, but are since recovered.  'Tis said the Gust was
> >> attended with a heavy Shower of Hail.
> >>         New-York Mercury, June 30, 1766, p. 2, col. 3
> >>
> >>GAT
> >>
> >>George A. Thompson
> >>Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre",
> >>Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
> >>
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