Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 30 01:20:31 UTC 2012

On Jan 29, 2012, at 4:57 PM, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:

> Does this word have any US currency?
> Etymologically, does it refer to "crack" meaning "crotch" or
> "intergluteal cleft" or so?
> Does it mean "underpants", or does it mean "underwear"? I.e., can it
> refer to such upper-body underwear as vest/undershirt/camisole or brassiere?
And is it a blend with "firecrackers"?


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