Eating Your Words

The fascinating origins of everyday culinary words and phrases

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Food glorious food!

Everything but the kitchen sink

Keep the pot boiling

Out of the frying pan

Salad days  

In the soup!

Cook one’s goose  

Give us a butchers!   

What a sauce!

A sandwich short of a picnic

Feeling groggy           

Just my cup of tea

Look to your laurels   

The spice of life      

In a nutshell   


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The meaning and origin of words and phrases related to pork

Pork is the name given to cuts of pig meat that have not been cured (i.e. is not bacon, ham or gammon). As porc, the word is first recorded around the turn of the 14th century. It came from the French for pig, porc, itself from the Latin for pig, porcus.

Pork pies - pies made with minced pork and water pastry and which are eaten cold - have given their name to porkpie hats. First recorded in the 1860s, they were so-called because of the similarity of their shape to the pies. Pork pies are also the origin of the word porky in its meaning of a lie, coming from Cockney rhyming slang, pork pie = lie.

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