Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 18:43:32 EST

From: Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOREHEAD-ST.EDU

Subject: Piggin (Bucket)

In LANCS records for KY, the term "piggin" occurs 14 times, primarily in

south/southeastern counties--Letcher, Harlan, Leslie, Breathitt, Owsley,

Whitley, Pulaski, Allen, Estill, and Grayson. AHD defines a "piggin" as

"A small wooden bucket with one stave projecting above the rim for use as

a handle." Origin is unknown (I am looking at first edition I keep at


Does anyone know of the distribution and/or use of the term in other

parts of the country? Or is it a uniquely appalachian term, akin to

"milk gap"? I can find no mention in Kurath 49. It is apparently an

older term, which has probably dropped from current use. Does it appear

in DARE records?

Lost in the past,

Terry Irons



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