In Reply to: The dock posted by Chris on January 09, 2009 at 09:02:
: Why is the place in court where the accused stands called "the dock"?
We don't deal with single words here - phrases only please. I've included this as an exception and as a reminder that word derivations are well covered in dictionaries. My trusty local dictionary says that a dock (dok/docke) was originally a Flemish word for pen or enclosure.