from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A housewife.
- n. Same as hussy.
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By the way, “hussy” comes from archaic English “housewife” at the time pronounced “hussif”.
I shall not write to mother and sisters to say we be married, as I said I would do; and I shan't finish the good-hussif 'I cut out and meant to make while we were in lodgings.'
I shall not write to mother and sisters to say we be married, as I said I would do; and I shan't finish the good-hussif '
Trangia, hussif and all and all nicely packed up in my Cyclops Roc.
The guidebook has a section on "Housewifery" which reads, "Every Girl Scout is as much a ‘hussif 'as she is a girl.
a rather decrepit hussif and a hank of strong linen thread.
a shabby little hussif, containing a thimble, scissors, needles and some skeins of unbleached thread.
Spare yourself the misery of discovering in the hearty, fleshy Lincolnshire hussif the decay of the promises of years ago; be content to do reverence to the ideal Fiammetta who has built her little shrine in your sympathetic heart! "
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