Yesterday as I was matching my husband's laundered socks together, and rolling them in that distinct ball to put them away, I wondered how long people have been doing that "sock ball" maneuver. For all I know, some Kentish housewife was doing the exact same thing 600 years ago, though I suppose it would have been "hosen" or some such thing.
It reminded me of a book that I have on my shelf but haven't read yet: Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer. It traces the migration to colonial America of people from four distinct geographical regions in England and the lasting cultural impact their home culture had on their new lands.
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