dave at WILTON.NET
Wed Oct 16 04:10:01 UTC 2002
> #The New Shorter OED gives : (L19) "a rag & bone collector.."
> Thank you! -- Howcum it's not in the Longer OED, then?
It is. "Totter, n.2" gives you a cross reference to "Tot n.5" which reads:
"A dust-heap picker's name for a bone; whence by extension, anything worth
picking from a refuse-heap or elsewhere. Hence totter, a rag-and-bone
collector; totting, dust-heap picking." From 1873, of unknown origin.
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