One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A simple form of calendar, consisting of a block of wood (or less commonly of other material) marked with notches to indicate the days of the week, religious festivals, etc.; a clog-almanac.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Evelyn (1620–1706), diarist and writer. From a form in a Scandinavian language from the Scandinavian base of Old Icelandic rím + the Scandinavian base of Old Icelandic stokkr. Compare Middle Low German (rare) rīmstok.
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