Re new US Ogre downstairs
amgraham at cygnus.uwa.edu.au
Wed Apr 17 10:04:43 EDT 2002
> I understood - maybe I was wrong - that its more like a small bag
> or purse,
> sometime spelt ridicule. Its not like a pocket sewn into the
> lining of your
> clothes, though it does make sense in terms of the nursery rhyme, which
> might equally puzzle kids today - how can you lose a pocket? Maybe pocket
> and reticule were the same thing, reticule is just a posher word,
> which fits
> with Maria being an aristocrat. Sorry - rambling! I like
> linguistic things
> like this. But still, why change it for the new edition?
That's right...a pocket was originally a small bag or purse (drawstring?) as
was a reticule - and that's how Lucy Locket could lose her pocket.
And you're right... why change it?
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