The Poll

We will be hearing more and more about polls as the election approaches, so here is a little factoid to impress your acquaintances (friends know you better):

“Poll” once meant the top of your head. In Hamlet, Orphelia says of Polonius, “His beard as white as snow: All flaxen was his poll.”

Voting was first done by counting heads, i.e., counting polls. Eventually, “poll” came to mean the count itself.

My poll is as bare as a baby’s bottom (and even smoother).


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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