#56231. Asked by gmackematix. (Mar 28 05 9:19 AM)
Hocktide consists of the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter (Hock Monday and Hock Tuesday).
It used to be marked by various kinds of fun and games. One widespread custom was for the women of a village to tie up the men on Monday and for the men to do the same to the women on Tuesday. The captives would have to pay a small sum for their release, and this went to the parish funds.
Neither the OED nor Brewer can give an origin for the word. The OED quotes theories that Hock is connected with the Dutch for “high”, or that it’s connected with an Old English word for scorn or derision. But it finds them both unconvincing.
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