Posted by Caroline on January 01, 1998 at 12:13:37:
In response to hussit?, written by P. Bingham on January 01, 1998 at 01:45:36
First, a 'housewife' is a kind of bag, a roll of cloth with little pockets and ties in it, used to hold needles and thread, and other small household items. Rather like a carpenter's roll, only smaller!
The British forces still have such an item in their kit list; it's called a 'sailor's housewife'.And of course, Miss Bates, in Emma, retrieves a letter from under hers!
One of my grandmothers called hers a 'hussif', the other called it a 'hussey' (!)
So, can we assume that 'hussit' is a variation on the same theme?
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