Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 16 00:41:44 UTC 2012

I recall "sassengers" as a common word in Civil War letters and diaries
from both sides.


On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> 14 July 1838, Boston Times, pg. 2:
> In Saxony they make cheese out of potatoes; in Cincinnati they make
> combs out of pigs' toenails; in Holland they make clam chowder out of
> frogs; in New York they make _sassengers_ out of -- what?
> http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/hot_dog_polo_grounds_myth_original_monograph/
> Pronounced [sasEndZ at z], maybe.
> Down in Marshall, as a change of pace from bacon, we'd have for
> breakfast fried, ground-pork patties called "saussengers"
> [sOUsIndZ at z]. I wonder what the singular of "sassengers" was. Our
> singular was "saussenger" [sOwsIndZ@]. Just as we chirren used
> "peacher" [pitS@] as the singular of "peachers" [pitS at z], so also used
> we [sOUsIndZ@] as the singular of "saussengers."
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