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Re: OT: Salad Days, was Re: Borrowing Wordlist

From:Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>
Date:Thursday, October 21, 2004, 0:19
I wrote:

>I have my doubts about the explanation that the salad course comes first --
I seem to
>recall reading somewhere that in the 19th century, salads did not come
first; so, the salad-
>first custom may not be old enough [to explain the "salad days" reference in
Shakespeare]." In support of this rcollection, I'll quote from Miss Manners at: "Most of these courses have been eliminated, and the standard formal meal is soup, fish or meat (but occasionally still both, as separate courses in that order), salad, dessert and//or fruit. Often, nowadays, people will start with the salad because they have picked up the habit from restaurants, where formal service has been altered for the practical consideration of staving off hunger while the main course is cooked." So, if you can believe Miss Manners, salad-first is not a tradition unchanged since the middle ages, but a recent custom driven by the needs of the restaurant industry. Doug