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Website Design : Simon Potter WHAT'S IN A NAME ?

In Dr. Samuel Johnson's "Dictionary Of The English Language" (1756) we find "SMOCK (Saxon) a woman's undergarment - a shift".

Parson Woodforde in the 18th century records in his diary that women raced for a "shift" at the local fair. I have found no mention of men wearing smocks in earlier times.

All mills - including Jack - are feminine, so why dress them in a male garment ?

In future I will say "Smock - after the old English name for a woman's undergarment !"

Roy Vass

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