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Re: Cloth cap and whippets

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 27, 2007

In Reply to: Cloth cap and whippets posted by Leena Simojoki on July 27, 2007

: What does "cloth cap and whippets" refer to? I understand that *cloth cap* refers to working class but what does *whippets* refer to and why?

A whippet is a miniature breed of greyhound. Working-class men, who couldn't have afforded the upkeep of a full-size greyhound, used to breed and race them, so an interest in whippets is another working-class stereotype. (VSD)