[Ads-l] More on pillows

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 24 22:37:28 EST 2017


> "Google—raising a skeptical eyebrow—asks me whether I meant pillow-biter,
this being a
> technical term of which I was previously unaware."

Har! Har! Apparently, you live a very quiet um-life, Larry! 🤡

On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 9:40 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> > 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-BIER
> > 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.
>
> LH
>
> >>
> >> "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.
> >>
> >> --
> >> -Wilson
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