One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A conical heap of hay in a field.
- ‘The ‘Rosie’ of the title is a village girl who ‘baptized him with her cidrous kisses’ behind a haycock.’
- ‘Other common objects also had their names changed to make them more seemly: haycock turned into haystack, weathercock into weathervane, and apricock into apricot.’
- ‘On the afternoon he arrived, we went for a long walk and eventually rested against some haycocks in a meadow and had a long talk.’
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