Chess Pie

Fri Jun 1 02:13:02 UTC 2001

chess pie is an entry in DARE which suggests that chess is an
alteration of "chest".  DARE's e.q. [earliest quote] is 1932.

There are quite a number of possibilities:

1) from cheese, in spite of the fact that it does not customarily
contain cheese;
2) from Chester, England;
3) from pie chest, a piece of furniture for storing pies;
4) from the expression "it's jes' pie" (a statement of an unknown
southern cook).

David K. Barnhart, Editor/Publisher
The Barnhart Dictionary Companion [quarterly]
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"Necessity obliges us to neologize."
Thomas Jefferson-August 16, 1813

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