eggs over easy (1930)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Mon Dec 13 07:51:54 UTC 2004

Latest OED3 draft entry for "over easy" has a first cite of 1945.

    Newark (Ohio) Advocate, August 30, 1930, p. 4
    Yolkless Egg.
    Santa Barbara, Calif. -- George Mikos recently found a yolkless egg.
    Mikos, a restaurant owner, received an order for "two over easy."
    He broke one egg into a pan and it was perfect. But the next egg, on
    being broken, yielded no yolk. When the two were in the pan only one
    yolk was there for the two of them.

--Ben Zimmer

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