'Smalls' etc., was Re: A challenge to the list?
- On 11/18/05, Anthony Bryant <anthony_bryant@...> wrote:
>Actually, I recall going through this debate that the OED has 'smalls'
> Point: There is a really wonderful period word for children. That word
> is "children."
> "Smalls" is underwear.
as a pre-1600 English word referring to children. It's been a while,
and I don't have my own copy of the OED :-( , but it was a debate that
stuck in my mind. It also means 'underwear'.
Generally, however, I am all for avoiding unneeded 'forsooth' speech,
and 'children' is a perfectly good period word.
Then again, 'car' is apparently a perfectly good period word: a
shortened form of 'carriage', when the 'horseless carriage' came about
it was still a 'carriage' and therefore a 'car'. That's another one I
need to find again. Darn it, where do all of these good bits of
information get to?