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     Robert Newsom <Robert [log in to unmask]>  finds "daygo" in a 
reference we wish we had:  (pjm)
> Answer from Michael Cotsell's Companion to OMF:
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> http://bit.ly/1pkYrxR
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> Cotsell says it's a garbled version of "Tobago" in an old nursery rhyme:
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> There was an old man of Tobago
> Who lived on rice, gruel, and sago;
> Till, much to his bliss,
> His physician said this-
> To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go.
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> On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Patrick McCarthy <
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>> Friends of the Dickens Forum,
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>>      Gail Turley Houston has come across a word in OMF which, in our young
>> street days used to be a racial slur:  (pjm)
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>> Dear Colleagues:  I'm trying to find the meaning of a slang term in Dickens's OMF:  In chapter two, book 1, Eugene is discussing the gossip re the dead man and says: "'Except,' Eugene strikes in: so unexpectedly that the mature young lady, who has forgotten all about him, with a start takes the epaulette out of his way: 'except our friend who long lived on rice-pudding and isinglass, till at length to his something or other, his physician said something else, and a leg of mutton somehow ended in daygo.'"
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>> Does anyone know what "daygo" means?  I couldn't find it in the Victorian slang dictionary. Thanks!  gail
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>> Gail Turley Houston
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