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Derivation of hustings.

(4 Posts)
Katek Thu 16-Apr-15 09:24:19

It's a word we throw around at every election but what is/are hustings? Sounds old English/Norse.

jo1book Thu 16-Apr-15 09:34:41

It's Old Norse. It means to bring people to-gether from where we get hustle".

Elegran Thu 16-Apr-15 09:38:25

It was a temporary wooden structure on which the candidates stood to tell the crowd how wonderful they were and be heckled and voted for (or not). Voting was public and noisy.

Found a wikipedia entry - Apparently from a germanic word for "house thing"

Iam64 Thu 16-Apr-15 10:10:53

I was in Shropshire over Easter, where several pubs were advertising a meet the candidates Hustings. I can't imagine this happening in the urban or inner city areas.