[Ads-l] Root of Pook?

Margaret E. Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Thu Sep 22 15:24:15 EDT 2016


I'll remove a spoon from the broth by saying I suspect "Puck of Pook's Hill" was what I was thinking of...


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MARGARET E WINTERS
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Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

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From: Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 3:20 PM
To: American Dialect Society; Margaret E. Winters
Subject: Re: Root of Pook?


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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MARGARET E WINTERS
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Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

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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
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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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