cucking stool, ducking stool(noun)
an instrument of punishment consisting of a chair in which offenders were ducked in water
a kind of chair formerly used for punishing scolds, and also dishonest tradesmen, by fastening them in it, usually in front of their doors, to be pelted and hooted at by the mob, but sometimes to be taken to the water and ducked; -- called also a castigatory, a tumbrel, and a trebuchet; and often, but not so correctly, a ducking stool
Origin: [Cf. AS. scealfingstl, a word of similar meaning, allied to scealfor a diver, mergus avis; or possibly from F. coquine a hussy, slut, jade, f. of coquin, OE. cokin, a rascal; or cf. Icel. kka to dung, kkr dung, the name being given as to a disgracing or infamous punishment.]
Ducking-stools and cucking-stools are chairs formerly used for punishment of disorderly women, scolds and dishonest tradesmen in England, Scotland and elsewhere. The cucking-stool was a form of wyuen pine as referred to in Langland's Piers Plowman. They were both instruments of public humiliation and censure, primarily for the offense of scolding or back biting and less often for sexual offenses like bearing an illegitimate child, or prostitution. The stools were technical devices which formed part of the wider method of law enforcement through social humiliation. A common alternative was a court order to recite one’s crimes or sins after Mass or in the market place on market day, or informal action such as a Skimmington ride. They were usually of local manufacture with no standard design. Most were simply chairs into which the victim could be tied and exposed at her door or the site of her offence. Some were on wheels like a tumbrel that could be dragged around the parish. Some were put on poles so that they could be plunged into water, hence "ducking" stool. Stocks or pillories were similarly used for punishment of men or women by humiliation. The term cucking-stool is older, with written records dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Written records for the name ducking stool appear from 1597, and a statement in 1769 relates that ducking-stool is a corruption of the term cucking-stool. Whereas a cucking-stool could be and was used for humiliation with or without ducking the person in water, the name ducking-stool came to be used more specifically for those cucking-stools on an oscillating plank which were used to duck the person into water.
The numerical value of cucking stool in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of cucking stool in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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