Re new US Ogre downstairs

Anita Graham 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?
>
> Michelle

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?

Anita

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