In Reply to: Pass the buck posted by David Atkinson on June 13, 2009 at 07:56:
: Your meaning for 'Passing the Buck' is incorrect. The Buck in question is a communal Bucket used by a group of women when washing clothes. It was filled with urine to bleach the white cotton clothes, and the last woman to use it had the unpleasant task of cleaning it. This was on British radio read by Jack De Manio in the 1950s.
That sounds as accurate as De Manio's timekeeping. As you are so certain I'm wrong, some documentary evidence, pre-dating 1865, to support your assertion would be useful.