I'm not sure if there is anything new in it, compared to the thread that you reference, but here is n article in the SCA-SOCIOLOGY section of the Florilegium:
Smalls-art (10K) 11/28/09 "'Smalls' in period: children or underwear?" by Lady Wenyeva atte grene.
On Mar 8, 2014, at 3:22 PM, Yasamin al-Hadiyya <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> As I have trouble deleting interesting email, here's a blast from the past. I'd love to know if there's been new information found in the last 12 years which changes things! :>
> in the Outlands till this summer; no clue about what happens after that
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> Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 06:12:09 -0600
> From: Fiskr <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Historical Recreation in the Kingdom of Calontir
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> Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Cars, dragons, and sunglasses, oh my!
>> From the Artemesian list:
> Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2001 21:13:18 -0600
> From: "Brian L. Rygg or Laura Barbee-Rygg" <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: SMALLS -- just for the record
> Subject came up on the Rialto, and since it has come up before within
> our fair Kingdom, I decided to copy my response onto the Aerie as well:
> There is a persistent myth that, in period, no child would be called a
> small. There is a persistent co-myth that, in period, any reference to
> smalls would be understood to mean underwear.
> In English, at least, both are incorrect.
> In the Oxford English Dictionary -- which lists meanings not by primacy
> of their current use, but in the chronological order each meaning developed
> in the language -- definition 1 for the noun form of small is:
> "Persons or animals of small size or stature; little ones, children. (Now
> only with *the*.)"
> The citations for that meaning date back as far as 1220.
> Definition 9.a -- "Small clothes; breeches." -- has as its earliest
> citation an 1837 Dickens quotation.
> Small-clothes, also listed as smallclothes, is defined as breeches or
> knee-breeches. The first citation, from 1796, is, I think, amusing enough
> to quote:
> "The immensity of their breeches, (for, in spite of the fashionable phrase,
> it would certainly be a perversion of terms to call them small-clothes).
> Your honours in dutie.
> Brendan Pilgrim
> Cognitio et Cogitatio Vitae Pennas Dant
> Channelled by Fiskr
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
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