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 Mumpers.Munchau’sen (Baron). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mumping Day.
St. Thomas’s Day, December 21. A day on which the poor used to go about begging, or, as it was called, “going a-gooding,” that is, getting gifts to procure good things for Christmas (mump, to beg).   1
   In Warwickshire the term used was “going a-corning,” i.e. getting gifts of corn. In Staffordshire the custom is spoken of simply as “a-gooding.” (See MUMPERS.)   2

 Mumpers.Munchau’sen (Baron). 


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