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The dock

Posted by Gary Martin on January 09, 2009 at 09:05

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.