Posted by James Briggs on October 01, 2000
The "Times" carried a question and answer article on Saturday 30th September about various aspests of etiquette. One subject was "what to do in the event of passing wind in public". Part of the answer involved an historical review of the subject, and stated:
"Lapdogs became popular pets for ladies in Restoration England as convenient scapegoats for embarrassing smells. 'Feisty', a popular modern epithet of obscure meaning, originally meant 'farting' and was applied to small dogs"
Just thought that you all would like to know this!