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What does Wurkus mean?


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February 14, 2011 1:37PM

Wurkus is not found in dictionaries. It is in Chapter I of Charles Dickens OLIVER TWIST, inserted in a sentence said to a surgeon by a rude nurse. The word created by Dickens may be the written representation of the accent of that nurse pronouncing "workhouse", where Oliver had just been born.