Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 12:16:51 -0600 From: Joan Houston Hall Subject: Re: widow's weeds DARE's files have two nineteenth-century quotes for weeds: 1890 Holley _Samantha among the Brethren_ 140 NY, He took it into his head to have a deeper weed at the last minute, so I fixed it on. He had the weed come up to the top of his hat and lap over. I never see so tall a weed. [Here it seems to mean a kind of scarf worn by a mourner at a funeral.] 1899 (1912) Green _VA Folk-Speech_ 478, Weed, n. A garment of any sort, especially the whole garment worn at any time. Now commonly in the plural, and chiefly in the phrase: "Widow's weeds." No DARE Informants offered the term.