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GUEST,Q Folklore: Australian magazine online (10) RE: Folklore: Australian magazine online 21 Aug 03


Thanks for the link. Great source of information. I had seen an earlier issue, but the Archives link fills in what I had missed.

Thread creep on one of the articles- The suggested source of "clink" is probably fakelore. The term "in the clink" already had appeared in print in 1515 and is earlier than the prison.
Barclay, 1515: "Then art thou clapped in the flete or the clinke."
The OED discusses the Clink prison at Southwark, but suggests that the phrase came from the sound rather than the famous prison.


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