mystery bags



  • plural noun sausages. The term is influenced by the name of a children’s lucky dip sweet packet and is both a rhyming slang term for snags (another slang term for sausages) and an ironic comment on the dubious contents of some sausages. Often thought to be a native Australian coinage, mystery bags is another example of British slang of the 19th century which seems to have died out in the country of origin but has survived among the emigrant population; it was recorded in 1889 in this form; previously occurring simply as ‘mystery’ or ‘bag of mystery’.