Taking the soup

Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 04, 2003

In Reply to: Taking the soup posted by Austin on July 04, 2003

: can anyone elaborate on the meaning of, 'taking the soup',
: please.

: I am led to believe that it was a way of getting hungry Irish immigrants in england, to drop the mac or o', from their surname. In return for food (soup).

: many thanks in advance.

I googled your phrase and found many sites attesting to your theory, one of which is linked below. [Dead link removed]