restaurants and refectories -- and INfectories?

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Sat Dec 22 15:49:08 UTC 2007

What, pray tell, is (or was) an "infectory"?
Googling revealed a probably dissimilar use . . .
>> Another hedge against any infectory agent is pitching the appropriate
amount of fresh, high viability yeast at a temperature below 75 degrees F.
Since bacteria propagate at a minimum of 8 times that of yeast, this is why
the right pitching amount of highly viable yeast is critical. <<
. . . from a 2002 contribution to The Hop Vine discussion forum.
'Anyone have a clue?
(the other) doug

1837:   New York, too, has her hotels, her restaurateurs, her pavilions, and
her arcades -- her refectories, her confectories, and her infectories, upon
a most munificent scale -- besides her club houses, her lodging houses, her
watch houses, and above all her fashionable boarding houses -- the latter
being notorious for two unrivalled qualifications, viz: high rates and low
        New York Daily Express, June 22, 1837, p. 2, col. 5.


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