Smother invert

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Mon Mar 19 16:44:33 UTC 2007

Sean Fitzpatrick (mimed into " =?iso-8859-1?Q?Se=E1n_Fitzpatrick?=
<grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET>") asked about

<<A staple that is SMOTHERED OVER everything from fish and chips to the
traditional English breakfast . . .>>

Has this been discussed?  I suppose it is derived from menu descriptions of
meat "with smothered onions".  To the diner, it is obvious that the onions
are smothering the meat, but the cook knows that the onions were smothered
by being sauteed on low heat *with the lid on* or baked in a roasting pan
*under* the meat.


I see a confusion with "slathered over".

m a m

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