paper poke

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by 19Dawn76, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. 19Dawn76

    19Dawn76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    Toadsuck, AR
    My grandfather always called bags or sacks pokes. A paper bag was a paper poke. I was doing some on line shopping and found a gift basket company that was calling sausage in cloth bags sausage in a poke. I was just wondering if anyone knows why bags were called pokes. [​IMG]h
  2. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    I don't know, but my husband's grandmother, from WV, used "poke" to describe a paper grocery bag, too.
  3. cmjust0

    cmjust0 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    Central KY
    Dunno.. All I know is that you're never supposed to buy a pig in a poke, because it might be a cat. Best you can hope for is that the guy trying to sell you a pig in a poke accidentally lets the cat out of the bag before you buy it.


    Sorry.. Didn't mean to get your goat or anything.


    (I kill me)
  4. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    Poke = a bag containing a definite amount which varied according to the commodity.
    Examples: poke of bran, 1875; of corn, 1648; of hops, 1883; of madder (20 cwt), 1347; of silver, 1733; of pardon, 1377; of pence, 1575; of plums, 1581; of wool, c. 1500.

    I would say that it is almost a unit of measure from earlier days! [​IMG]
  5. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

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  6. raroo

    raroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Sausage in a poke. That sounds funny all on its own. [​IMG] (Excuse my immature sense of humor)

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