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Thread #122362   Message #2684398
Posted By: Charley Noble
21-Jul-09 - 08:24 AM
Thread Name: Ship Margaret Evans, songs
Subject: RE: Ship Margaret Evans, songs

Naturally, there are plenty of words and idioms that are in general use now but that were once used mainly by a certain group. I see no evidence that "bullgine/bulgine" was "general use" during the period 1840s-50s in which these chanteys were most likely conceived.

Given that a popular novel was in fact using the term "bulgine" in 1853 as citied above, would you consider revising your opinion:

New York: Its Upper Ten and Lower Million
by George Lippard, published by Queen City Publishing House,
© 1853, p. 105

Lacking a time machine, Google does provide alternative access!

Charley Noble