Worn on May 29th. May 29th was the birthday of Charles II. It was
in the month of September that he concealed himself in an oak at
Boscobel. The battle of Worcester was fought on Wednesday, September
3rd, 1651, and Charles arrived at Whiteladies, about three-quarters of
a mile from Boscobel House, early the next morning. He returned to
England on his birthday, when the Royalists displayed a branch of oak
in allusion to his hiding in an oak tree.
To sport one's oak.
To be “not at home” to visitors. At the Universities the “chambers” have two doors, the usual room-door and another made of oak, outside
it; when the oak is shut or “sported” it indicates either that the
occupant of the room is out, or that he does not wish to be disturbed
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Oak from Fact Monster:
- cork oak - cork oak cork oak, name for an evergreen species of the oak genus (Quercus) of the family Fagaceae ...
- oak - oak oak, any tree or shrub of the genus Quercus of the family Fagaceae (beech family). This complex ...
- poison ivy - poison ivy poison ivy, poison oak,and poison sumac,woody vines and trailing or erect shrubs of the ...
- Fair Oaks, town, United States - Fair Oaks Fair Oaks, uninc. residential town (1990 pop. 26,867), Sacramento co., N central Calif., ...
- live oak - live oak: live oak: see oak.