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 Patroc’los.Pattens-Money (Chapins de la Reina). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Patten.
 
Martha or Patty, says Gay, was the daughter of a Lincolnshire farmer, with whom the village blacksmith fell in love. To save her from wet feet when she went to milk the cows, the village Mulciber invented a clog, mounted on iron, which he called patty, after his mistress. This pretty fable is of no literary value, as the word is the French patin (a high-heeled shoe or skate), from the Greek patein (to walk).   1
       
“The patten now supports each frugal dame,
Which from the blue-eyed Patty takes its name.”
       
Gay: Trivia, i.
 


 Patroc’los.Pattens-Money (Chapins de la Reina). 

 
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