[Ads-l] More on pillows

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 24 21:40:26 EST 2017

> On Nov 24, 2017, at 8:25 PM, Shawnee Moon <moon.shawnee at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> I found this as well:
> Pillow-bier definitions
> Webster's 1828 Dictionary
> PIL'LOW-CASE, n. The case or sack of a pillow which contains the feathers. Pillow-bier is the pillow-bearer.
> Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms
> n. [Written also Pillow-beer Pillow-bear, and Pillow-bere.] Pillow-case.
> And ‘pillow slip’ came up as Eastern Texas. 
> Mailed from the Moon 🌜

All new to me.  I do like “pillow-bear”, but the term is unfortunately ambiguous:  cf. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pillow-bear

And while “pillow-bier” does pull up the correct definition at various online sites, Google—raising a skeptical eyebrow—asks me whether I meant pillow-biter, this being a technical term of which I was previously unaware.  


>> "pillowslip" < _pillowcase_
>> Mildly surprising. "Pillowslip" was the ordinary term that I used as a
>> child, in East Texas. I have no idea whether this form is used anywhere
>> else in the U.S., bedclothes not being a particularly common topic of
>> conversation outside of the family. IAC, it seems to me that _pillowcase_
>> is the preferred term, in Yankspeak.
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>> -Wilson
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