Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Jan 2 14:41:36 UTC 2001

> Brewer's says that the word as applied to US soldiers derived from
> the similarity of the cake of that name to the uniform buttons on a
> soldier c WW I & earlier. Any other thoughts?

Yes, that the word actually dates to the Mexican-American War of the 1840s,
and that the origin is unknown.

Jesse Sheidlower

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