[Ads-l] Mayflower passengers called puke stockings?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 25 16:36:03 UTC 2015

> On Nov 25, 2015, at 10:27 AM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
> I can add only two more spoonfuls to the porridge, and they're historical rather than etymological.
> (1)  The Mayflower voyage was rough, and some passengers may have vomited.  One might look at Bradford's History to see if he said anything about this.  Some editions are online.
> (2)  If "puke" in "puke stockings" refers to the color and material of the stockings of the Mayflower passengers, it is perhaps more likely to be a "sad" (drab) color than a yellow and a coarse cloth rather than a fine.  The Mayflower's passengers were not wealthy, as compared to the Puritans of the Bay Colony, and also less well educate.

Hey, Master Berson, whom are you calling "less well educate"?

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