from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See bouge.
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_bowget_ was not pronounced _boodget_, as it would be, according to Mr. White, if spelt _budget_?
"'The sow-skin bowget': -- i.e. budget; the change of orthography being made for the sake of the rhyme; about which our early writers, contrary to the received opinion, were very particular.