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49967.  Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:51 am Reply with quote

Q: What colour was John Peel’s coat?

F: Red, pink, or any mention of disc jockeys.

A: “In the original version of the song 'D'ye ken John Peel', written by the interestingly-named John Woodcock Graves in 1820, it is 'in his coat so grey'. But perhaps because people preferred to have him in hunting pink, an alternative version grew up of 'his coat so gay'. But the actual huntsman Peel - in Cumbria - very definitely wore grey and that is what Graves put.”

Source: ‘Quote, Unquote,’ BBC Radio 4, 10 October 2005; transcript kindly supplied by Nigel Rees.

50184.  Fri Feb 10, 2006 9:17 am Reply with quote

There's a debate of sorts about the origin of the term 'pink' as applied to a hunting coat. It is often asserted that it's because of a tailor called Pinque, but there seems to be no evidence for this.

Not an easy debate to care much about, mind.


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