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Thread #50284   Message #761851
Posted By: John Minear
08-Aug-02 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: Come to taw?
Subject: Come to taw?
In the thread about Limber Jim, which is a discussion of the origins of the song "Buckeye Jim", there is a verse that goes:

Wake up snakes and come to taw,
We won't have any more of your link and law.

I am interested in the meaning of the phrase "come to taw". It is probably regional, and perhaps Southern. I found one reference to it as a phrase in a Google search at click here, "His son replied: "Don't let it bother you. It will all come to taw at the right time."

The word "taw" can have to do with a Southern game of marbles, and refer to the large "shooter". Or it can have to do with a form of tanning leather, or preparing flax (tow). It can be a form of "tow" as in "towing a boat." It is also a river in England - the Taw. I have tried a number of online dictionary searches but didn't get anywhere. Has anyone ever heard this phrase before?

There was also a race horse by the name of "Come-to-taw" in 1886.