What do the NY Knicks and Washington Irving Have in Common?
Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER
I dug up this literary tidbit while I was doing some research recently. It links American literature with basketball and even Halloween. Who needs Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon when you have this?
Okay, so you know the team the New York Knicks, right? Have you ever wondered what a "Knick" is?
Well, it turns out, the New York Knickerbockers were named after a pseudonym Washington Irving (of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" fame) used when he wrote the satirical A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, Diedrich Knickerbocker.
|Washington Irving. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)|
A 'knickerbocker" refers to the style of pants the Dutch settlers wore in the 1600s, pants that rolled up under the knee, or "knickers." In his work, Irving used it to describe a New Yorker who could trace his or her ancestry back to the original Dutch settlers.
Washington Irving was so popular, the Knickerbocker became synonymous with New York.
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