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chenangoes

Postby William Hupy » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:50 am

It appears this word has left the English language. From the context of the book I am reading about espionage during WWI in the United States, it refers to stevedores. German agents used Irish chenangoes to plant bombs in Allied cargo ships.
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Re: chenangoes

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:38 pm

Make a couple of changes and you get chimichangas, served in Mexican food restaurants. Coincidence?
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Re: chenangoes

Postby Slava » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:29 pm

I would say so, as it's most likely from an NE Indian word. I'm guessing a lot of the dock workers hailed from Chenango County here in NY.
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Re: chenangoes

Postby William Hupy » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:43 am

Thank you, Slava for that insight. A very good guess.
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Re: chenangoes

Postby Grogie » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:39 pm

Very interesting word!

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Re: chenangoes

Postby Dr. Goodword » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:39 pm

I can't find it in any of the 1100 or so dictionaries on the web accessed by OneLook.
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Re: chenangoes

Postby William Hupy » Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:43 am

I discovered it in this book: Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America by Howard Blum.
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