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The Walrus BS: Yank/Yankee: what does it mean (28) RE: BS: Yank/Yankee: what does it mean 07 Jul 07

" grandparents version of soaked toast was thick slices of toasted homemade bread, buttered, placed in a wide bowl, sprinkled with white sugar, and boiling water poured over top..."

That sounds like 'Skelly' (or 'Skilly'), the food of the very poor,
Stale bread, soaked with boiling water to make a thick 'porridge' and seasoned with whatever came to hand, sugar (as above) or salt and/or pepper - this is where OXO cubes came into their own.

To bring music into this - 'Skelly' is mentioned in the bugler's memo lyrics* for the 'Mens' Meals' call:

"The Officers' wives get Puddings and pies,
The Serjeants' wives get skelly


* Traditionally, buglers have added lyrics to calls as an aide memoire.

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