QUOTE(Susie @ Jan 18 2010, 02:56 PM)
Would that be related to the "mummers" who would travel round with plays?
Still do Susie. My Morris side does a mumming play - see http://www.adlingtonmorrismen.ik.com/p_Dmummers.ikml
We are one of many around the country.
I wonder whether they mimed some of it?
I don't think so. It's certainly all spoken now (bawled rather). Mad Tom's derivation is plausible, but I've also heard it's from the German "mummer" meaning "disguised person". Incidentally, mummers were also often referred to as "guisers" (short for disguisers), giving rise to the modern "geezer".