Popover Pan (1895)
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Wed Apr 23 01:44:22 UTC 2003
A "butter knife" is a great deal different that a "steak knife."
A "champagne glass" is not a "shotglass" or a "pilsner glass."
Here are entries in WEBSTER'S NEW WORLD DICTIONARY OF CULINARY ARTS for
the items mentioned:
_cake pan_ Variously shaped and sized containers for baking cake batter.
_cupcake pan_ (NO ENTRY--ed.)
_frying pan_ A round pan with a single long handle and low, sloping sides
and used to pan-fry foods; available with a nonstick surface and in 8-, 10-
and 12-in. diameters; also known as a skillet. (ILLUSTRATION)
("Frying pan" is in OED and is very, very old--ed.)
_gem pan_ A pan designed to make miniature muffins.
_peter pan_ (VERY FUNNY--ed.)
_pie pan; pie plate_ A round, 1- to 2-in.-deep glass or metal pan with
sloped sides used for baking pies.
_popover pan_ A heavy baking pan used for making popovers and Yorkshire
pudding; similar to a muffin pan but with deeper, tapered indentions that are
spaced farther apart. (ILLUSTRATION)
There are several things I'd think about for an OED entry:
1. IS IT ALREADY IN AN EXISTING DICTIONARY?--I'm using food dictionaries.
2. ARE THERE PLENTY OF CITATIONS FOR IT?--I'm giving the earliest citations
for these, but there are many, many more.
3. IS IT DISTINCTIVE?--A champagne glass is distinctive. A steak knife is
distinctive. A cake pan is--well, what kind of cake are we talking about?
But I might want to enter it anyway because there are a gazillion hits.
4. WHAT TYPE OF ENTRY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?--"Cake pan" would be under
"cake." A citation or two would be used, and that's it. OED has always done
entries like this, although all of it is badly dated, as I've shown.
5. WILL ANYONE CANCEL A SUBSCRIPTION IF WE, GOD FORBID, INCLUDE "PLETT
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