First of all, I'd like too announce that next Monday will mark a pretty cool milestone around here--1,000 posts! Woot! I'll have to think up some fun way to celebrate. Ideas welcome. ;-)
Second, don't forget that if you haven't pre-ordered yet, A Hero's Promise (Culper Ring 2.5 ~ free short story) goes live on Wednesday at midnight! Pre-order and it'll download automatically then.
And now, a word of the week. =)
I was designing a book cover with a bustle on it, which inspired me to look up the word. Not surprisingly the verb bustle dates back pretty far--all the way to 1570. It meant "be active," and actually came from bustling, which is from the century before as an adjective. The adjective meant "noisy activity."
The noun form followed by 1630 with the expected meaning of "activity, stir, fuss, commotion."
So then, how about the padding in a skirt? Well, that arrived on the scene in the 1780s, though from where and how no one's quite sure. Speculation is that its rustling sound inspired the name bustle, but it's also possible that it came from the German buschel, which means "bunch or pad." Either way, it was a key part of women's fashion for well over a hundred years.