|Peck of orange peel|
||In the phrase "There certainly was apeck of orange peel" from Charles Dicken's Great Expextations, what does 'a peck of orange peel' mean?|
That Joe affirms that there was a great sensation.|
"Was there a great sensation?"
"Why," said Joe, "yes, there certainly were a peck of orange- peel."
||My previous post was facetious; does anyone have a sincere repsonse? Is it related to orange peel zest being used in potpourri and thus sumbolizing something particularly good?|
Two long shots:|
(1) "Orange peel" is Cockney rhyming slang for "feel". So perhaps "a peck of orange peel" means "a lot of feeling".
(2) In 1828 Mr (later Sir) Robert Peel, a British Tory politician who was Home Secretary, reorganised the old London police force (the Bow Street Runners) into a more efficient service. the police were known informally as "peelers". Sir Robert was also known, apparently, as "Orange Peel" for his support of Protestantism. Possibly "a peck of orange peel" was slang for "a lot of police" in Dicken's time.