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  1. Simon:

    It seems likely to me that this is a corruption of “pot lickings”, used to refer to the small bits of food left over after preparation or serving of a dish. In other words, the stuff you feed the dog. It fits that same sense of salvaging something otherwise discarded.

  2. admin:

    And it seems entirely possible that you’re right. It certainly does fit the sense of “polikens.” I doubt that we’ll ever be able to prove it’s the source, but it really strikes me as likely.

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