[Ads-l] Root of Pook?

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Thu Sep 22 15:20:21 EDT 2016


There's also Kipling's _Puck of Pook's Hill_, where the reference derives (I
assume) from the supernatural Irish creature, the Pucca (or variously, Pukka,
Pooka, Pookie ...)

Or is this a case of too many pooks spoiling the broth?

RH

> 
>     On 22 September 2016 at 20:03 "Margaret E. Winters" <mewinters at WAYNE.EDU>
> wrote:
> 
> 
>     That was Poopsie. But I've got a vague memory of Pookie being a nickname
> in Kipling's "Stalkie and Company" or something else by him.
> 
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>     From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Dan
> Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM>
>     Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:58 PM
>     To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>     Subject: Re: Root of Pook?
> 
>     I seem to recall a "Pookie" from the 1950s musical Pajama Game, used as
>     part of the spoken lines said in the dark during "Hernando's Hideaway".
> Not
>     really preppy.
> 
>     DanG
> 
>     On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 2:02 PM, Flourish Klink <flourish.klink at gmail.com>
>     wrote:
> 
>     > Query: does this have anything to do with the classic prep nickname
>     > "Pookie"?
>     >
>     > On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 10:15 PM Dave Hause <dwhause at cablemo.net> wrote:
>     >
>     > > Lobeline, Lobeline
>     > > Meanest gal
>     > > That I ever seen,
>     > > No one else
>     > > Could be as mean
>     > > As that pure wicked
>     > > Lobeline.
>     > >
>     > > Dave Hause
>     > >
>     > > -----Original Message-----
>     > > From: George Thompson
>     > > Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:03 PM
>     > > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>     > > Subject: Root of Pook?
>     > >
>     > > Last Week Mr. Thomas Brunton, his Wife and three or four more of
>     > his
>     > > Family, in this City, had like to be poisoned by eating the Root of
>     > > Pook,
>     > > for Horse Radish; but by having the immediate Assistance of a
>     > > Physician,
>     > > they are now almost all recovered.
>     > > N-Y Mercury, March 26, 1764, p. 2, col. 2
>     > > I don't see this elsewhere, and don't see it in the OED as such, but
>     > > "pukeweed", below, sounds as if it might be a bad plant to eat by
>     > mistake.
>     > >
>     > > GAT
>     > > pukeweed n. *N. Amer.* (now *hist.*) Indian tobacco, *Lobelia
>     > > inflata*,
>     > > an erect, usually branched herb bearing racemes of bluish-violet or
>     > > white
>     > > flowers, which yields the alkaloid lobeline and was formerly used as
>     > > an
>     > > emetic.
>     > > 1830 C. S. Rafinesque *Med. Flora* 2.22 *Lobelia inflata.
>     > > Names..Vulgar.* Indian Tobacco, Wild Tobacco, Emetic Weed, Puke Weed.
>     > > 1925 *Sci. Monthly* Aug. 207 For lobelia or the puke weed Bartram
>     > made
>     > > such remarkable claims that the passage is quoted verbatim.
>     > > 1994 J. S. Haller *Med. Protestants* 41 Thomson established an
>     > > alternative system of medical treatment. He depended most heavily on
>     > > lobelia (his ‘pukeweed’).
>     > >
>     > > --
>     > > George A. Thompson
>     > > The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
>     > > Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
>     > > Univ. Pr., 1998.
>     > >
>     > > But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings,
>     > > from
>     > > your lowly tomb. . . .
>     > >
>     > > L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", *Poems*. Boston, 1827, p. 112
>     > >
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