[tei-council] pump it up [scholarly footnote]

Lou Burnard lou.burnard at retired.ox.ac.uk
Sun Dec 18 11:23:22 EST 2011

Stormy's explanation is apparently an unacknowledged cut and paste from 
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pumpkin+holder ... the etymology 
"[C20: pump ( kin ) + king ; from an original practice involving a 
stuffed pumpkin which was passed to this person]"
looks a bit doubtful to me but what do I know.

http://www.socialtext.net/perl5/pumpking suggests that the pumpking is a 
kind of deputy or regent, which is not really what we are talking about.

On 18/12/11 10:42, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> On 18 Dec 2011, at 10:39, Laurent Romary wrote:
>> "pick up the pumpkin"?
> pumpking or pumpkin holder  (ˈpʌmpkɪŋ)
> — n
> computing  a person involved in a web-based project who has temporary but exclusive authority to make changes to the master source code
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