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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lederhosen Pug—Bocks Bottle

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One year ago on Round and Square (23 May 2012)—Primary Sources: Education and Acculturation (c)
Two years ago on Round and Square (23 May 2011)—Remonstrance: English Definitions

[a] Lederpug RF
                         What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?
                                                                             —Bavarian Proverb

No worries, though—my name is Lederhosen Pug, and I know the way (知道).

And the way today lies on the road to etymology. 
[b] Farmland RF
I have long puzzled over the term used for the distinctive Frankenwein bottle. It is the Bocksbeutel, and at least part of the word is very odd for native Bavarian pugs.

Beutel is no problem. "Container" or "bottle" comes close enough.

But Bocks...that is a little strange. Grandma Pug told me the most plausible theory, and that has it that it refers to a travel sack that was used for everything from books to, well, wine containers in olden-pug times.

But Grandpa Pug tells it differently. "You live on a farm," he said. Take a good look at that bottle. What does it look like to you?"
I still couldn't figure it out, so I went for a little trot around the farm.

Whoa! I never saw that coming. If you look closely at a ram's anatomy, you'll see exactly what grandpa meant (and grandma was distinctly unhappy with this theory).

That's about as scatological as we get on Round and Square, but I'll never look at that bottle the same way again.

Embarrassed Pug.
[d] One part... RF
[Originally posted on July 23, 2014]

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