What does the word "upsot" mean in the version of "Jingle Bells" I heard today?
#53104. Asked by philsgirl. (Dec 14 04 12:23 AM)
It is just a humorous past participle of "upset" coined to rhyme with "lot" in the line before.|
A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot
[Dec 14 04 9:43 PM] gmackematix writes:
Until I looked it up and found what it actually says I was always a bit surprised and amused by the line:
"We'll prob'ly get laid the Eskimo way" in "Winter Wonderland".
"We'll frolic and play, the Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland"
Actually if you look up the word "SOT" in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary|
the definition is: a habitual drunkard
If you look at the links below to the other 19th century poems that utilize the word "UPSOT" you will find that contextually "DRUNK or INTOXICATED" fits in:
I do not believe it to be a fictitious or humorous past participle of "upset" coined to rhyme with "lot".
Many people in 'sleigh' or 'carriage rides' also accompany the evening with wine or champagne.
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