CarolBethWood commented on the word stays
I'd like to know WHY the word "stays" began to be used in the 18th century. I've read "stays" were also ropes (and metal supports?) on a ship to help tie things down...help things STAY put. Because "stays" is used in a time when whaling was an integral process in the garments' production, is it possible there's a connection? Yes, a different garment from a corset (highly stiffened) and a "pair of bodys," worn primarily on the outside...but why the word "stays?"
December 27, 2012