Friends of the Dickens Forum,

    Robert Tracy <rtracy@berkeley,edu> likes to put words in context:                    (pjm)
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">

Dear Colleagues: In context, Eugene describes "our friend" as living on a
bland invalid diet, until his doctor told him he could eat more interesting
food. When he did so, a leg of mutton soon finished him off. "Daygo" is, as
Don Cox points out, the ending of the day, sunset, sundown. Here it seems
to be "our friend's" death, that "dying of the light" that Dylan Thomas
urges us to "rage, rage" against.
Robert Tracy

On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 4:09 PM, Patrick McCarthy <[log in to unmask]

Friends of the Dickens Forum,

Here is Don Richard Cox responding to Gail Houston's question about the
OMF word "daygo." (pjm)

Fred Levit, in A Dickens Glossary for American Readers, glosses this very
passage, stating that "daygo" is the going of the day---the end of the
I'm not certain that completely clarifies the passage for me, however.


Don Richard Cox


  <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]

From: Charles Dickens Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of
Patrick McCarthy
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 3:20 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Word Meaning in OMF?

Friends of the Dickens Forum,

     Gail Turley Houston has come across a word in OMF which, in our young
street days used to be a racial slur:  (pjm)

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
    Does anyone know what "daygo" means?  I couldn't find it in the
slang dictionary. Thanks!  gail
    Gail Turley Houston
  Recipient, Governor's Award for
  Outstanding New Mexico Women, 2011
  Professor, Associate Chair Graduate Studies, English
  Department of English
  University of New Mexico
  Humanities Bldg 227
  MSC03 2170
  Albuquerque, NM 87131
  [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>