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Thursday, December 05, 2013

slumgullion

\sluhm-GUHL-yuhn, SLUHM-guhl-\ , noun;
1.
a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
2.
a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like.
3.
the refuse from processing whale carcasses.
4.
a reddish, muddy deposit in mining sluices.
Quotes:
"...d'yever eat good old fashioned slumgullion boy, 'taint nothin but scrambled eggs and potatoes all scrambled up together."
-- Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums, 1958
We could not eat the bread or the meat, nor drink the "slumgullion."
-- Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872
Origin:
Slumgullion is an Americanism dating back to the 1840s. It is perhaps related to the word cullion, which comes from the Latin term meaning "bag" or "testicle."
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