[Ads-l] Mayflower passengers called puke stockings?

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Nov 26 00:30:09 UTC 2015


That was my left middle finger not being called.  A senior moment ... I'm going out Friday to purchase my VibraPurr kitty.  And if I groom it (in return for its grooming me), perhaps it will look less like an unkempt dog.

Joel

      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
 To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
 Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 11:36 AM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Mayflower passengers called puke stockings?
   
> 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"?

--L. Horn, né Alden-Standish



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