Slumgully anyone?]

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Mar 14 13:19:35 UTC 2007

OED has "slum" from 1847, and Mark Twain was using it by 1865.  It was part of the core vocabulary of all the services in World War 1.

Sam Clements <SClements at NEO.RR.COM> wrote:
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Newspaperarchive doesn't seem to have "slumgulley" or "slumgully." But they
do have slumgullion called just "slum" as far back as 1922.

Sam Clements

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From: "Barbara Need"
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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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