"Desart Sund[a]y", 1750?

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Jan 1 20:58:57 UTC 2007

>What is a "Desart Sund[a]y", 1750?  (The "y" is a superscript; I am
>presuming the "a".)  Ice cream dates from 1744, but sundae from 1897 (OED2).
>"... went to Capt. Wendells, where they had not done Dinner Sat down with
>them to a Desart Sundy, Fruit &c. and Drank Glass wine ..."

It may not be 100% safe to presume the "a". One might consider the
possibility of "sund[y]" = "sundry"/"sunderly"/"sundrily" meaning
"separate[ly]". Extended context or other information may support or
exclude such a notion.

-- Doug Wilson

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