> From: Francine Nicholson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > From: Stephanie Steely [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> > Go easy on Sharon. She probably still has a Hocktide
> > hangover. What is Hocktide anyway? I have a mental picture
> > of my dog standing on a beach getting her ankles wet.
You're going to love this! Hockday is an old English festival held on the
second Tuesday after Easter Sunday. One of the chief customs is the seizing
and binding of men by women until they give money to be set free.
There is a down side for you ladies, though. Hock Monday is when the fellas
did the same thing to the ladies. Both days are together known as Hocktide.
> I have a related question: what is hock as in
> something you drink? And Shae would tell you that if it's related to
> liquid refreshment of the intoxicating sort, then it must have some
> to Celtica somewhere.
Isn't everything? Hock was originally white wine from Hochheim on the Main
in Germany but is now applied to all white Rhine wines. No doubt the
Halstatt Celts had some hand in its genesis.