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#52456 - 01/22/02 11:12 AM butter up!
of troy Offline
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all these buttery post remind me of an experience in my youth-- we were poor-- i never much realized it. (but when i was i in HS, i found out i qualified for free lunch-- not just subsidized.. so we were pretty close to the US povery line) but we always had food in the house..

my mother was parsimonious with the butter though-- she always wanted us to use margarine (and leave all the butter for her!) and was always upset if we used up the 1 pound block before the week was up.. (we were a family of 7!)

then one day, she was talking about the hardships of WWll, when food was rationed (even in ireland, which was neutral during the war). she let it slip that their ration was 1 pound per person per week!

since my mother's family was also 7--this was a ration of 7 pounds of butter a week! and here we were, with a single pound to last a week! but my mother buttered everything... including hamburger rolls, and sometimes, stale pound cake! (needless to say, with 5 hungry kids to feed, it was a rare day that pound cake hung around long enough to get stale!)

I am not sure the english (or the irish, for that matter) can eat anything with out butter!


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#52457 - 01/22/02 04:56 PM Re: butter up!
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Although I haven't looked it up, I've always assumed the term "buttie" comes from "bread and butter". A kind of northern non-rhyming slang. Bloody heathens!

But I've yet to find REALLY good chips in Britain. [ducking-for-cover-yet-again -e]

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#52458 - 01/22/02 06:18 PM Re: derivations
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It is OK to talk about where terms come from as long as we don't get into recipes.

So I've finally found out why y'all call chips "French fries" it isn't because they were invented by the French. It is because French is type of cut, so they were really fried French cut potatoes. Don't bother googling, you have to wade through too much underwear to get anywhere.


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#52459 - 01/23/02 09:08 PM Re: derivations
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you have to wade through too much underwear to get anywhere.
Well, gee, Jo--some people positively revel in underwear...






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#52460 - 01/23/02 11:26 PM Re: derivations
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some people positively revel in underwear...

...while others reveal theirs



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#52461 - 01/24/02 07:55 AM Re: derivations
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No, Connie, Jackie said exactly what she meant: "some people reveal in underwear" Concentrate, woman, concentrate!

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#52462 - 01/24/02 01:27 PM Re: derivations
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Right on, CK---


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#52463 - 01/24/02 09:12 PM Re: derivations
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Well, I know I have a little potter's clay on my glasses and just about everywhere else, too. Maybe Jackie meant reveal but she said
revel.
When it comes to underwear, I don't back down, I only back away Now, how do I get that six-shooter smiliecon to work?


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#52464 - 01/24/02 09:15 PM Not again![back of hand to forehead-e]
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So, CK, is it another case of "All will be revealed"?


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#52465 - 01/25/02 04:53 PM Re: Not again![back of hand to forehead-e]
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Dunno. Suggest you ask her, if you think you'll get any joy of it ...

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