Let us try to set aside—preferably forever—the image of the ever-immaculate Romney crouched bare-assed over a pail.
Homer uses metaphor—‘it was so crowded, it was like bees swarming over a pail of milk.’
mid-14c., of uncertain origin, probably from Old French paele, paelle "cooking or frying pan, warming pan;" also a liquid measure, from Latin patella "small pan, little dish, platter," diminutive of patina "broad shallow pan, stewpan" (see pan (n.)).
Old English had pægel "wine vessel," but etymology does not support a connection. This Old English word possibly is from Medieval Latin pagella "a measure," from Latin pagella "column," diminutive of pagina (see page (n.1)).
The stomach (1950s+ Black)