[Fwd: Slumgully anyone?]

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Mar 13 18:10:27 UTC 2007

Like "slumgullion" it's also applied to relatively meager soups. From Google Books:

  2003 Brian Cummings _You Said a Mouthful_  (N.p.: Lulu Press) 178: Slumgully...was a tomato-based soup with homemade noodles and the smallest meatballs I ever saw....Slumgully was what we had when the pantry was bare.

  The connotations of "slum," "slumgullion," and variants are genrally negative.

Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU> wrote:
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>From another list. I will forward replies. B

>-------- Original Message --------
>My coworker and I were discussing a childhood dish our mothers made.
>My mom always called it goulash (sp?)and her mom called it
>slumgully. A Google search of "slumgully" suggests it derives from
>the word "slumgullion" which soldiers in WWI used to refer to a
>stew-like mixture of meat, potatoes, and whatever other odds and
>ends were around.
>Today it's usually a variation of elbow macaroni, hamburger, crushed
>tomatoes, onion, and maybe kidney beans, corn, green pepper, almost
>anything really.
>At first we though the term had a geographical focus around
>Pennsylvania and Ohio, but we've found people who know it as
>slumgully from Boston. Another co-workwer from Buffalo calls it
>Did anyone here grow up knowing this as slumgully? Where was that?
>Are there any other names for it?

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