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vessel n Also bed vessel chiefly NEast, Gt Lakes See Map old-fash; euphem Cf thunder mug n

A chamber pot.

1930 Shoemaker 1300 Words65 cPA Mts (as of c1900), Vessel—A chamber pot. 1941 LANE Map 337, 1 inf, nwVT, Chamber = vessel = pot (vulgar). Ibid Map 339, 1 inf, cnRI, Commode, a wash stand with a vessel (i.e. a chamber pot in a bottom compartment). 1949 McDavid Coll. cNY, Vessel—(euph) = chamber pot. 1950 WELS (Utensil kept under a bed for use at night: Give names and nicknames) 5 Infs, WI, Vessel. 1957 Sat. Eve. Post Letters MA, A pot was a crockery affair used for the needs of nature and under the bed. My proper grandmother . . referred to this as “my vessel” or “my chamber.” 1965–70 DARE (Qu. F38, Utensil kept under the bed for use at night) 28 Infs, chiefly NEast, Gt Lakes, Vessel; CA36, NY11, Bed vessel; WI19, Japanese vessels. [28 Infs old] 1975 DARE File neMA, Vessel—Euphemism for chamber pot. Used by grandmother (born near Salem MA 1862(?)). 1986 Pederson LAGS Concordance 1 inf, ceAR, Vessel—“genteel” name for slop jar. 2007 DARE File nwMS (as of 1964), Vessel for chamber pot—I heard this in 1964 from a black minister in Marks, Mississippi.

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