The Moist Fyce
And now a brief history lesson, courtesy of Hubble and Wikipedia:
The feist is not a new type of dog. Written accounts of the dogs go back centuries, with several spelling variations seen. George Washington referred to them in his diary in 1770 when describing a dog as “a small foist looking yellow cur.” Abraham Lincoln wrote about the “fice” dog in his poem, “The Bear Hunt”. William Faulkner mentions the “fice dog” in The Sound and the Fury, but uses the spelling “fyce” in the stories “Was” and “The Bear” from the collection Go Down, Moses: “a brave fyce dog is killed by a bear.” In her 1938 novel The Yearling, author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings uses the spelling of feist to refer to this dog. Claude Shumate, who wrote about the feist for Full Cry magazine, believed that the feist was descended from Native American dogs, mixed with small terriers from Britain, and was kept as early as the 17th century.
And how about this?
The word feist is described in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary as from the obsolete word fysting meaning “breaking wind, in such expressions as fysting dog or fysting hound.” Feist is defined as “1. chiefly dial: a small dog of uncertain ancestry…”
The word feisty “energetic, belligerent, esp. if small” is derived from the dog, which is small and energetic.
Hubble is quite taken with the spelling “fyce” believing it to be a much more dignified spelling for him and perhaps more appealing to his dog pals across the pond (Millie and Pearl are you reading this?) Jack Henry on the other hand, believes the “yellow cur” is more in keeping with his little brother, and that certainly Mr. Washington meant to say “moist” rather than “foist” which, for him, confirms that idea that Hubble is all wet to begin with. As you can see, the words fly fast and furious in our household.
Today’s Dog Quote:
“A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.”
– Barack Obama
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For today: The Moist Fyce