One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bag, purse, or wallet. Hence, by metonymy: money, takings.
military slang, depreciative
1A (young) homosexual man, especially one who is the passive partner in a sexual relationship.
2A non-combatant soldier, especially one who is assigned administrative and supply duties.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Purgatorium Hibernicum. From Irish póg kiss (Early Irish póc) from the British base of Old Cornish poc- (in the compounds impoc and poccuil), Middle Breton pocq kiss (Breton pok) from post-classical Latin pac-, pax kiss of peace, specifically use of classical Latin pāx peace<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in James Vaux (1782–c1841). Origin uncertain. Perhaps a variant of poke. A connection with pough seems less likely<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in United States Navy Court of Inquiry. Origin unknown.
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