Upphew wrote:AldenG wrote:Paskahousu might come from Swedish skitstövel, although stövel is a boot rather than pants.
Maybe the !"#¤% had fallen from the pants to the boots when Swedes saw the fleeing soldiers during the Thirty Years war
Well, that was certainly a possibility...the Swedes had a lot of trouble keeping order in their army which was a rather mercenary one.... A big part of the reason for the scale of the destruction.... That was the era of the Hakkapeliitta.
[Aside: I was surprised to read recently that the Swedes were even as far south as the Hohenlohe area....just north of Stuttgart.... That was a Protestant area right on the edge of Catholic areas so it was quite a mess for the peasants who would be taxed... "Kriegsteuer"... and otherwise imposed on by both sides, depending on the flow of the battles.... The folk memory of the Thirty Years War was retained for centuries afterwards.... Bett Kinder Bett, Morgen kommt der Schwed, Morgen kommt der Oxenstern.... ]