mudsill

[muhd-sil]

Origin of mudsill

First recorded in 1675–85; mud + sill
Also called footplate.
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Word Origin and History for mudsill
n.

1680s, "lowest sill of a house," from mud + sill. The word entered U.S. political history in a speech by James M. Hammond of South Carolina, March 4, 1858, in U.S. Senate, alluding scornfully to the very mudsills of society, and the term subsequently was embraced by Northern workers in the pre-Civil War sectional rivalry.

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