[Ads-l] _get some pecks_ "go home for dinner"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 23 01:32:50 UTC 2016

This was a popular expression in the post-war years in StL. Since my
friends and I were early adolescents and pre-adolescents, there was no
occasion for us to go anywhere to eat, after a couple of hours or so of
after-school play, other than home for dinner.


peck n.
[SE peck, to eat (of a bird); the concepts of food and business are closely
allied here]
 1. [mid-16C+] (orig. UK Und.; later use US black/gang, also _pecks_) food,
often meat.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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