Food words, phrases and wonder where that one came from?
- RShea78 Jan 18, 2007 07:16 PM
What I am looking for is perhaps little sayings or food whit or wisdom. Then if an origin can be found or your impression when you first heard it.
Like, "tooting beans" is generally obvious as to what comes into mind, but where did it come from?
Another one, "piping hot" I get visions of thick fat running through some pipe, in some submarine. Where did it come from?
I dispute your dictionary -- nobody puts live fowl in a roasting oven, the smell of the feathers would ruin the meat (and anything else cooking in the oven), it would be so tough you wouldn't be able to cut it, and there's no way you could pluck a live bird without some serious damage to yourself (even if you plugged its beak, in which case it would no longer be able to pipe).
You're kidding abot the dictionary, right? Because if you're not kidding, you need to get a REAL dictionary.
From the Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictonary, Vol I, Oxford Univ. Press, 1971:
"Piping, ppl.a. [f. pipe v. + -ing]...
3. quasi-adv. in phr. piping hot, so hot as to make a piping or hissing
sound, as a simmering liquid, or a dish freshly cooked; hissing hot;
hence gen. very hot."
The earliest citation is Chaucer, 1386, from the Miller's Tale, "Wafres
piping hoot out of the gleede."