bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Thu Oct 27 22:28:38 UTC 2005
On Thu, 27 Oct 2005 17:16:56 -0400, George Thompson
<george.thompson at NYU.EDU> wrote:
>This is kind of neat. HDAS & OED has 1856 for "chow" = food.
> THE CHINESE JUNK. [a long description; anchored off Staten
>Island, will be brought to Castle Garden; owned by Captain
>Kellett] . . . we accepted Capt. Kellett's invitation to a little Chow-
>Chow (chaw-chaw, dinner) with him. The dinner, though served on board
>the junk, was not composed of Chinese dishes, not a single rat or joint
>of a young puppy being on the table.
> New-York Daily Tribune, July 12, 1847, p. 2, col. 5
>OED: 2. Pidgin-English and slang. Food, or a meal, of any kind. Also
>spec. = CHOW-CHOW
But isn't this a cite for "chow-chow"? That's dated to 1795.
chow-chow, n. and a.
[According to Col. Yule, pigeon-English; of uncertain origin.]
1. n. A mixture or medley of any sort; e.g. mixed pickles or preserves.
Also, food of any kind. Ind. and China.
1795 A. ANDERSON Narr. Brit. Embassy China (Gloss.), Chow-chow..victuals
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