In lighter vein, the word ‘moke’ has fond associations for some of us with a quirky little vehicle of yesteryear.
The Mini Moke was a vehicle based on the Mini designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC) by Sir Alec Issigonis.
The name comes from “Mini"—the car with which the Moke shares many parts—and “Moke", which is an archaic dialect term for donkey. The Moke has been marketed under various names including Austin Mini Moke, Morris Mini Moke and Leyland Moke.
The Moke attracted attention as a ‘cult’ vehicle as a result of the unprecedented success of the Mini and through media exposure in the popular television series The Prisoner, as well as in the Traffic song “Berkshire Poppies. Despite this, only about a tenth of the 14,500 British produced Mokes were sold in the United Kingdom. Mokes continued to be made in Britain until 1968.
Dave, I’ve just noted your, “the donkey sense, which I didn’t elaborate on....” , so I’m out of order (twice). Apologies!