Re: What's a -Furkin- (finally)
Byron Hynes (bph@GOV.NT.CA)
Sun, 14 Aug 1994 17:04:40 MDT
> Thanks to Micahel Kalnay and his wife for their tireless research into
> this question from some time back, but, as you can see from the forwarded
> message, we still don't have an answer.
> From: Michael Kalnay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> After visitng several camps and talking to many leaders (we went
> 1000 miles SE, then 1000 miles W, then 1000 miles NE ... with a few
> side trips of a couple hundred miles by float plane) I can definitively
> state that no oine has hgeard of a furkin (or a firkin) except as a small
> barrel ... if you have heard anything else, I now know six or seven
> Girl Guide leaders who are also now curious.
You know it's an electronic age when you hear more about you friend-who-
works-across-the-street-and-is-in-the-same-Scout-group's vacation from
the INTERNET than from him. Humpf.
I, rather than travel 3,000 miles to see scared sheep, merely typed "firkin"
into the search window of my MSBookshelf cd-rom...
I, however, have no idea if this is relevant.
firrkin (fCr kQn) noun
1. A small wooden barrel or covered vessel.
2. Any of several British units of capacity, usually equal to about 1/4 of
a barrel or 9 gallons (34 liters).
[Middle English ferken, ferdekin, probably from Middle Dutch *verdelkijn,
diminutive of veerdel, one-fourth : veerde, fourth + deel, part.]
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City