The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1267 Tuesday, 8 December 1998.
Date: Monday, 07 Dec 1998 20:33:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.1261 Two questions
Comment: Re: SHK 9.1261 Two questions
Armando Guerra asks about "long purples". Well, shepherds have always
been known for more than pretty pastorality, given their proximity to
nature red in tooth and hoof, and of course called these flowers,
because of their exposed purple, dicks, cocks, pizzles, yards, etc.,
etc., depending on mood and county [if you'll pardon the expression].
As for British vomitoria, in my alma mater town of Aberdeen quite a few
bars around King's College such as the Red Lion, the Crown & Anchor and
one we knew mainly and affectionately as Sweaty Betty's provided, above
the urinal trench in the Gents, a long metal basin just below chin level
so that one could relieve oneself quite variously when the walls began
to spin. I saw one like it two years ago in Heidelberg, in fact.