Barry, help!

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Sep 21 15:51:47 UTC 2001

Us Louisvillians who sat around munching on pickled Kentucky oysters
in bars in the 50s and 60s can tell a chitterling from a testicle.


>On the variations for _mountain oyster_, I found in the DA _prairie
>oyster_ (only as a variant of _prairie cocktail_, which is not a
>testicle).  _Kentucky oyster_ in DA is equated with chittlings, not
>testicles.  OEDs attests the equivalence of _mountain oyster_ and
>_prairie oyster_ in a second def.  MOA shows not examples of either
>_prairie oyster_ or _Kentucky oyster_.
>preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU,Net writes:
>>I assume this list also queried the dating of the variants "prairie
>>oyster" and "Kentucky oyster"?
>>>On another list the subject of the earliest example of oyster, mountain
>>>oyster, and rocky mountain oyster was posted.  OED was reported with
>>>1890 (acutally Cent. Dict. is the source in the late 20th century OED
>>>supplement by Robert W. Burchfield).  I've poked about a little and
>>>found the following for mountain oyster:
>>>And, if they choosed, to partake of the dainty of cruelty caught and
>>>primitively cooked "mountain oysters"--always found in great abundance
>>>where many calves are herded.  Baxley, H. Willis, _What I saw on the
>>>west coast of South and North America, and at the Hawaiian Islands_.
>>>New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1865, p 442

Dennis R. Preston
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