One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chair fastened to the end of a pole, used formerly to plunge offenders into a pond or river as a punishment.
- ‘Then the apparatus of power comprised stocks, ducking stools, branding irons and the omnipresent shadow of the gallows.’
- ‘And in this pool of water stood the ducking stool, where women received a drenching for their ‘crimes’ in days gone by.’
- ‘The village stocks and the ducking stool provided a suitable deterrent for the twerp who insisted on invading our space and time.’
- ‘We will bring back the ducking stool for litter louts!’
- ‘The other word I've been pondering recently is cucking-stool, the original form of what later became called a ducking stool.’
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