Ravioli, Poulet, Canape, Simpatico, Ooh-la-la! (1839)
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 14 14:51:58 UTC 2002
At 10:07 PM -0400 4/13/02, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
>Pg. 16: Commend me, also, to a French cuisine with its soup, _sans_
>pepper, its cutlets _a la minute_, and its _poulet au jus_, its
>_cafe a la creme_, and its dessert. But defend me from the slamming
>of French doors, and the shaking of French windows...
>(OED has 1801, then 1849 for "French window." OED has 1923 for
>"French door," adding that it is the same as "French window." This
It's not obvious that these "French doors" are anything other than
doors that are French, and in particular one-piece affairs rather
than the bikini-style doors the current (<1923?) lexical item denotes.
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