Piggin

Nice word: piggin, defined in the 1913 Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary as “a small wooden pail or tub with an upright stave for a handle,—often used as a dipper.” The 10th and 11th editions of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary still have it as an entry, although as this article points out, piggins aren’t as common as they used to be. The supposed origin of the word, as given in the article, is unlikely. The 1913 Websters explanation tracing it back through Gaelic is far more likely.

Posted February 2, 2006

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