Oggie, Oggie, Oggie – “Oi, Oi, Oi!”
It’s a chant you’ll hear up and down the South West and beyond thanks to the likes of Gareth Keenan from Ricky Gervais’s The Office rendition, but have you ever wondered where it originated from?
‘Oggie’ is an abbreviated version of the Cornish word “Hoggan”, which means pasty. It was shouted down the mine shaft by the bal-maidens (that’s the mine girls) who were cooking the pasties, when they were ready to be eaten.
In response, the miners would shout “Oi, Oi, Oi!” so the bal maidens would know they had been heard.
It is said that the mark of a good pasty then was one that would survive being dropped down a mine shaft. We are grateful not to have to do that with ours, simply because we select the best ingredients to create a premium quality pasty.
So next time you shout Oggy, Oggy, Oggy, make sure you have some pasties to hand out!