Re: Miss Fanny Bright / upsot / drifted band / sprawling lie
I believe the response to your question regarding the word 'UPSOT' to be incorrect.
In regards to the word 'UPSOT', I do not believe it to be a fictitious or humorous past participle of "upset" coined to rhyme with "lot".
If it was a fictitious word made up to rhyme with 'LOT' then why is it used in other 19th century poems.
Many seem to believe that 'UPSOT' means: turned over, however that doesn't fit contextually with the above poems and doesn't follow the origin of the word 'SOT' that the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as: "a habitual drunkard". Definition of sot - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Thus, following the origin of the word, 'DRUNK or INTOXICATED' DOES fit contextually in Jingle Bells and every other reference I have been able to find utilizing the word 'UPSOT'.
Many people in 'Sleigh' or 'Carriage-Rides' also accompany the evening with wine or champagne.
In essence, after their sleigh got stuck in a drifting bank, they went out and got drunk..