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Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     [log in to unmask] remembers OMF's "daygo" from another source: (pjm):
> It occurs in some dinner chit chat at the Veneerings, when Eugene is trying to remember some sort of limerick that he heard but can't quite get it.  So "daygo" could be complete nonsense supposedly "rhyming" with "Tobago"  (mispronounced "tobaygo"). I'm sure that when I read past it, it was because I took it as a nonsense word.  But who knows.
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> Here's a web referenced to it in a miserably formatted HTML copy of some book about limericks from 1944:
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> http://www.horntip.com/html/books_&_MSS/1940s/1944_the_limerick_a_facet_of_our_culture_%28HC%29/index.htm
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> The limerick supposedly has a line that ends in "may go".
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> Here's a bibliographical reference I turned up:
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> Allen, Edward Heron. 1925. Daygo (Dago). NQ 149: 426.
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> Presumably "Notes and Queries"
>        From: Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]>
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>   Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 12:19 PM
>   Subject: Word Meaning in OMF?
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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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