Little Sea Day

Two weird bathing-related facts I learned from Jeff Kacirk’s “Forgotten English” calendar from August 10/11th, 2013.

First of all, in Alexander Warrack’s Scots Dialect Dictionary (1911), there is an actual, specific term for a piece of bread that is eaten immediately after bathing. This word is, “chitterie-chatterie”. I don’t know when you would ever use it, but . . . you know . . . god speed.

The second fact is about Little Sea Day, which is a “colorful [19th-century] outing celebrated on the [New] Jersey coast on the second Saturday in August for many years until the shore was preempted for more distant vacationists. Whole families were loaded on the wagons and drove out to the sea from the pine woods area of Southern Jersey.

Everyone went bathing in whatever clothes they had on that day, and stood around and dried off in the sun. There were some who tended to call this day ‘Farmer’s Wash Day‘ because of this aspect of the celebration. For those who, for various reasons, were unable to attend on the second Saturday . . . there was a Little Sea Day celebration on the third Saturday in August”.

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