[Ads-l] Long-haul trucker's lexicon + a surprise

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jun 2 10:53:21 EDT 2017

"Drawers, n.  ... A garment for the lower part of the body and legs ..."  1567--.  And presumably respectable in the early 18th century; the OED includes the following two quotations:

1711   R. Steele Spectator No. 51. ⁋5   Makes a Country Squire strip to his Holland Drawers.
1717   Lady M. W. Montagu Let. 1 Apr. (1965) I. 326   The first piece of my dresse is a pair of drawers, very full, that reach to my shoes.

Or perhaps the 18th century was more lascivious than Eliot's 19th -- the OED has only two quotations later than these, 1791 and 1893.


      From: Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
 Sent: Friday, June 2, 2017 10:06 AM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Long-haul trucker's lexicon + a surprise
But did "drawers" then have the potentially lascivious* sense?


* Love that word, so synesthetically suggestive.

On Jun 2, 2017 7:31 AM, "Stephen Goranson" <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

So of her curled fronts: Mrs. Glegg had doubtless the glossiest and
crispest brown curls in her drawers, as well as curls in various degrees of
fuzzy laxness...

Mill on the Floss


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