Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 11:27:22 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: Piggin (Bucket) Sorry for the earlier blank message accidentally sent -- Following once again the model of my sainted OE prof, Rudolph Willard, I repaired to the OED (as every varietologist should do when checking the background of forms), and found Piggen - obs. var. of piggin Piggin - A small pail or cylindrical vessel, esp. a wooden one with one stave longer than the rest serving as a handle; a milking pail; a vessel to drink out of. The word is recorded in the Eng. Dial. Dict. from Northumberland to Hampshire, also from Shetland, but it is not prevalent in Scotland. It is applied very variously in different localities [examples given run from an earthenware pot to a tin receptacle]. First listed from 1554. An 1863 ref. is from Georgia "a very small cedar pail". --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]