Re: 1812 Waterloo Porridge
The entry reads:
WATERLOO PORRIDGE (ccxxviii. 240-1). -Dictionary, Waterloo-porridge is 'oatmeal porridge made with water only'.
A second possible definition is 'fig. a good beating'.
ANTHONY W. SHIPPS . Indiana University Librarie
So my observation regarding the workhouse gruel was quite close:-)
Incidentally the access had to be through Standford University:-) Athens is not available to the general public in the UK ,you have to be a member of a subscribing organisation.
sOn 2 Dec 2010, at 13:12, Ray Hobbs wrote:
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> There is a brief article by, Anthony W. Shipps, in the following Oxford
> journal on Waterloo Porridge:
> WATERLOO PORRIDGE Notes and Queries (1984) 31(1): 86-f-86
> Unfortunately, the journal is not accessible online from Canada, only
> in the UK through a system called "Athens".
> Peter C - over to you.
- Elizabeth Bowling of the 1812Civilian list contributed this to the discussion:
This U.K. regional history site has a posting defining Waterloo porridge
as 'a watery gruel of oats that was almost totally lacking in what we
would regard as nutrition."
My thanks to all involved!
- LOL! You know, we could use all these odd queries to put together a 19thC version of Trivia. ;)
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "petemonahan" <petemonahan@...> wrote:
> Elizabeth Bowling of the 1812Civilian list contributed this to the discussion:
> This U.K. regional history site has a posting defining Waterloo porridge
> as 'a watery gruel of oats that was almost totally lacking in what we
> would regard as nutrition."
> My thanks to all involved!