|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org Forums Words with unusual etymologies Diaper Register Forums Calendar Active Threads Search Forum Help
#67149 - 04/24/02 01:06 AM Diaper Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858 wwh
Joined: Jan 2001
Not unusual, but to me interesting:
1) Surface ornament of repeated straight-sided geometrical shapes, lozenge, triangle, etc.
(Martindale, Andrew. Gothic Art, 268)
2) All-over decoration of surfaces with small pattern such as flowers in squares, lozenges, etc. Carved
examples characteristic of the 13th and 14th centuries; in the 15th century used for painted ornament.
Perhpas derived from patterned cloth from Ypres in Belgium (Dyaper, i.e. D'Ypres).
(Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 411)
#67150 - 04/24/02 11:48 AM Re: Diaper Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296 Wordwind
Joined: Sep 2001
Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
Well, this is news to me, Bill. Think I'll go looking for some pictures of these diapers. Thanks for this very interesting etymology!
#67151 - 04/24/02 12:14 PM Re: Diaper Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,400 of troy
Joined: Oct 2000
as a person who is old enough to remember cloth diapers.. i remember they weren't-- they were Diaper cloth -- used to wrap up a babies behind!
diaper cloth could be purchased by the yard, cut and hemmed, and used, but by the late 1950's most women were buying ready made "diaper cloths" Fabric already cut to size, and hemmed. they made diapers out of the these diaper cloths!
diaper cloth is a textured weave, (birds eye was one popular weave, waffle another--my mother preferred birds eye) of soft cotton. I am sure there were other textures as well. the name is total consistant with the 1st defination.. (and the bit in red)
Birds eye weave seemed to be a series of nesting boxes.. it was squares, created by the cross threads.. not really circle or any roundness.
Moderated by Jackie
Forum Statistics Forums16Topics13,880Posts224,454Members9,041 Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members Farscape07, Chakra3000, April, Momori, AJLenser
9041 Registered Users
Who's Online Now 0 registered members (), 32 guests, and 3 spiders. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days) A C Bowden 20Momori 1
Top Posters(All Time) wwh 13,858Faldage 13,803Jackie 11,613tsuwm 10,538LukeJavan8 9,087wofahulicodoc 7,766Buffalo Shrdlu 7,210AnnaStrophic 6,511Wordwind 6,296of troy 5,400
Forum Rules · Mark All Read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top