thirds = 'a third helping of food'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 4 01:01:08 UTC 2011

OED has the less gluttonous "seconds" to 1792, but nothing again till 1918.

1918 _The Recruit: A Pictorial Naval Magazine_  (Sept.) 7: "Seconds" and
"thirds" are always available to the bluejacket with the double-barrel


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