It seems to me that the socks are a case of what I call the "disappearing 'ed' syndrome."I hear both. I would use "stockinged" only because it makes sense. We wouldn't say "He settled his glove hands on the steering wheel"... we would say "gloved".
The evidence points to "stocking feet" having come first, being an attributive use of "stocking," with "stockinged feet" having resulted from a reinterpretation of "stocking feet."It seems to me that the socks are a case of what I call the "disappearing 'ed' syndrome."
Whereas the past participle is used as an adjective, common usage has swallowed the "ed" in many cases.
Skimmed milk => skim milk
Hashed brown potatoes => hash brown potatoes
The OED gives two meanings for stockinged:The evidence points to "stocking feet" having come first, being an attributive use of "stocking," with "stockinged feet" having resulted from a reinterpretation of "stocking feet."
Haha... a very good point! ; )Come to think of it, you wouldn't say He came downstairs in his feet, so is it not rather irregular to say He came downstairs in his stocking / stockinged / shoe / shod / boot / booted feet?
The OED shows that phrase under its entry "stocking," not "stockinged":Indeed. It's just a more picturesque way of saying "with no shoes on", is it not?
The phrase which readily springs to mind is "X stands X feet tall in his stockinged feet".
This requires some clarification. Byington is discussing a description of a person, not of a part of that person. We do indeed say things such as "She wore a plain straw bonnet, neatly trimmed with white, and in her gloved hands she carried a small red Bible." We do not, however, say such things as "She walked in the snow in her gloved hands." and "There she stood in her gloved hands."I also found an article from American Speech, Vol. 15, No. 3. (Oct., 1940), pp. 329-330, "Mr. Byington's Brief Case 'In His Stocking-Feet," where the author makes the case for "in his stockinged feet" being a "corruption" and "malformation of the 'sparrow-grass' type," that is, based upon a folk etymology. On page 329 he says, "But we never say in his shod feet, in his hatted head, in her gloved hands, and the like."