Timothy A. McDaniel
tmcd at crl.com
Tue Jul 11 00:56:21 PDT 1995
Catherine, n.b-reid at mail.utexas.edu (Nancy Bradford-Reid), wrote:
> Yes, let's remember that in other time periods, "smalls" referred to
> your underwear!
A wise woman. I had been under the misconception that "smalls"
meaning "unwhisperables" was medieval. The OED just says "small
clothes, breeches" dates to 1837, and "Persons or animals of small
size or stature; little ones, children. (Now only with *the*.)" from
c1220-c1430. Other meanins, though, include
- 13..-1781: "persons ... of little ability or attainment"
- 1390-1640: "Little, not much"
- "The small": 1225-1836: "That which is trifling, petty, or
As an adjective:
- from c1440: "Of low alcoholic strength"
- from c1205: "Of persons: ... of little importance, authority, or
influence; common, ordinary"
- from c1340: "Of things, etc.: Of little or minor consequence,
interest, or importance; trifling, trivial, unimportant"
There's worse, post-period. These connotations are rather insulting.
As if translation of "telephone" from Greek into English made it more
> Even "toll booth" is better than "troll booth."
A little, but it invites the silly pun so easily. ("Troll" is way
post-period in English.) Also, when I take a toll road, I pay the
toll every time. I don't pay to re-enter a site. I like "gate".
Daniel de Lincoln
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