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Pogey Bait

Posted by Masakim on January 20, 2002

In Reply to: Pogey Bait posted by Jim on January 20, 2002

: I worked several years with a former US Marine, who, in addition to being "all MC" was a great storyteller. Many of the stories were related to basic training. Recruits would sometimes receive packages from home containing cookies, sweets or other "contraband". These treats were called "Pogey Bait". I'm curious if anyone else has any input on origin, and also, whether the UK has a similar phrase?

Robert L. Chapman, in _Dictionary of American Slang, Third Edition_ , writes that "pogey" comes "perhaps fr[om] the common name of the trash fish menhaden, as suggesting something cheap, common, and to be caught with bait; perhaps fr[om] the Southern pronunciation of _porgy_, another fish of a similar quality" and "pogey bait" is "so called because they could be used in the seduction of boys and young men, _pogue_, into homosexual acts."