gbarrett at MONICKELS.COM
Thu Nov 16 18:25:59 UTC 2000
On jeudi 16 novembre 2000 16:46, James Smith <jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
>Most of us are introduced to Eli Whitney and his
>cotton gin in elementary school. The name "cotton
>gin" puzzled me because the only "gin" I knew of was
>the drink. I finally connected "gin" with "engine"
>after several years.
I always thought it was somehow connected to the spinning jenny (jinny? ginny?
genny?) which in turn was related name-wise to a ginny mule which might have powered the
thing or its predecessor. But that's all old memories and half-thoughts so I dunno.
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