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    Default Gumming my taters

    "Gumming my taters"

    Does this mean that this person has no teeth and is chewing his potatoes with his gums?

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    Default Re: Gumming my taters

    Sounds likely. Taters can also mean cold (rhyming slang: 'potatoes in the mould'), but I don't see how that could be related to 'gumming' (whatever that is )

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    Smile Re: Gumming my taters

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Sounds likely. Taters can also mean cold (rhyming slang: 'potatoes in the mould'), but I don't see how that could be related to 'gumming' (whatever that is )

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    Context:

    In the 1800s
    An old sailor has nothing to do because his ship is immobilized in the harbor by lack of wind.
    Complete sentence:
    Gumming my taters and sucking my lime.
    The last part is obviously against Scurvy.

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    Default Re: Gumming my taters

    That's how I'd interpret it- it's to show how much he has aged since setting out to go prospecting in the first verse:


    Row Bullies Row - Jimmie Driftwood - YouTube

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    Default Re: Gumming my taters

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That's how I'd interpret it- it's to show how much he has aged since setting out to go prospecting in the first verse:


    Row Bullies Row - Jimmie Driftwood - YouTube
    You are right, I’ve situated it wrong.
    It is in fact a consequence of:
    “I’ve been round the Horn I guess two dozen times”.
    By this he indicates that he has aged (and lost his teeth in the process)

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