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Re: Cag Maggy

Posted by Graham Cambray on February 11, 2009 at 18:56

In Reply to: Cag Maggy posted by Jo on February 11, 2009 at 17:41:

: Im sure there a saying mainly meant of rough tough meat being CAG MAGGY. Has anyone heard this and if so do they know the origins?


CAGG MAGGS. Old Lincolnshire geese, which having been plucked ten or twelve years, are sent up to London to feast the cockneys. [Usually "cag-mags". The practice was mentioned by Pennant in his "Tour in Scotland", 1774. In C19 the word came to mean refuse or rubbish or odds and ends. "Cag-mag" also signified a plain or dirty woman. In dialect (where also spelt "keg-meg") the term had five chief meanings, the one leading to the rest: tough old goose; tough inferior meat; bad, unwholesome food; refuse, anything worthless; a term of opprobrium applied to persons. As a dialectal adjective: coarse, inferior, mongrel, spurious.]

From "A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" By Francis Grose, P66 of 1931 edition (but original version 1823 ???)