Posted by ESC on January 20, 2003
In Reply to: Mulligans picnic posted by Sheila on January 20, 2003
: Hi I posted a question in Dec 2002 but put the wrong mail address, sorry, but could anyone tell me the origin and correct meaning to 'Mulligan's picnic'
I couldn't find "Mulligan's picnic." I found Mulligan meaning "Irishman" and the expression "Mulligan's stew." The stew was "...made of meat and vegetables -- whatever is available or can be begged or stolen. It is an American term, honoring an Irishman whose first name has been lost but who may have made a tasty Irish stew." The stew was popular among "tramps." From the"Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).