Tortilla Soup/Aztec Soup
Barry A. Popik
Bapopik at AOL.COM
Tue Dec 4 16:17:56 UTC 2007
In a message dated 12/3/2007 10:33:53 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
ronbutters at AOL.COM writes:
Bean soup is not merely soup with beans in it, either.
"Bean soup" is in the OED. As are "barley soup," "matzo ball soup," and some
others. No one has checked?
"Tortilla soup" is mentioned in over 500 books on Google Books, but it's
surely still "minutia." What an insult!
General relations: a. objective with agent-noun or vbl. n., as
bean-setter, -setting; b. instrumental, as bean-election, -fed (1589); c.
similative, as bean-ore, -shaped; d. attrib. (of the seed), as bean-bread,
-broth, -corn, -diet, -flour, -meal (a 1000), -porridge, -soup,
1837 _J. C. NEAL_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-n.html#j-c-neal)
Charcoal Sk. (1838) 98 Hollering oysters and *bean soup has guv' me a
splendid voice. 1856 _KANE_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-k.html#kane)
Arct. Exp. II. xvi. 169 A stock of concentrated bean-soup was cooked.
General relations: a. objective with vbl. or agent-noun, as barley-buyer,
-sower, -sowing; b. instrumental with passive pple., as barley-fed
(1851); c. simple attrib. as, (of the plant) barley-crop, -earth, -eddish,
-field, -ground (1523), -harvest, -mill, -rick, -seed, -straw, -stubble;
(of the grain) barley-bran, -chaff, -flour, -groats, -meal (1388); d.
attrib. of material (= made of or with), as barley-beer, -bread, -broth,
-bun, -cake, -crust, -gruel, -loaf (1200), -pudding, -scon, -soup.
1747 _H. GLASSE_ (http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-g.html#h-glasse)
Art of Cookery ix. 78 (heading) A *Barley Soup. 1935 _BROWNE_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-b4.html#browne) & _WILLIAMS_
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-w2.html#williams) World's Best Recipes 22 (heading) Barley
matzo ball, a small dumpling made of seasoned matzo meal bound together with
egg and chicken fat, typically served in chicken soup. matzo brei (also
matzo brie) [< Yiddish matse bray < matse _MATZO_
5&result_place=8&xrefword=matzo&ps=n.) n. + bray porridge, pulp (< Middle
High German <N, <Ne: see _BREE_
&xrefword=bree&ps=n.&homonym_no=2) n.2)], pieces of matzo, softened first
in water and then in milk and seasoned egg, and fried.
1903 L. B. KANDER ‘Settlement’ Cook Bk. (1985) ix. 48 Cracker or *Matzo
Balls... Moisten with a little soup, add parsley and salt. Roll into marbles
and boil in the soup. 1917 A. CAHAN Rise of David Levinsky XI. ix. 395 The
repast included ‘matzo balls’, wine, mead, and other accessories of a Passover
meal. 1950 G. ACE Let. in Groucho Lett. (1967) 103 Would Lupowitz and
Moskowitz serve black matzo balls? 1986 L. COLWIN Another Marvellous Thing (1987)
47 Billy wolfed down her pastrami sandwich and was watching Francis, a slow
eater, slowly finish his matzoh ball soup.
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