Pigging out at Golden Corral's "troth"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Jul 8 22:32:31 UTC 2013

Nice find especially with the "th" bonus. Out of 20 actual hits on Google, the earliest I find for "troth of food" is 2002: http://www.epinions.com/review/Loving_Family_Pony_Stable/content_75323313796?sb=1

~ food ~ You don’t think that this Loving Family would have a pony without food for it, do you? Why of course not! One of the neat features with the Loving Family products is that they seem to think of everything. A blue troth measuring just a bit over 2 inches in length and an inch in width is included. While the front side of this troth features a heart design on the front, you will notice the pile of hay and bunch of carrots placed on the top. On the backside of this troth is a little hook which allows you to place this troth of food onto a portion of the fence. Or, you can simply let it lye on the ground for your pony to eat from. 

Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troth) also has three definitions, one of which brings back the sense of "truth" that the OED has marked as obsolete.

"finger food-troth" in "Princess Papaya" 2004: 

"animal troth" in "Fragments Of Real Presence: Liturgical Traditions in the Hands of Women" 2005:

"pig troth" in "The Rise of the Saxons: And the Legend of Hengest and Horsa" 2008:

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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On Jul 8, 2013, at 3:07 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET> wrote:

> I meant to add, watch the video! You get a clear view of his tongue
> between his front teeth to make that "th" sound.
> On 7/8/2013 6:05 PM, Neal Whitman wrote:
>> I remember the days when my mother, brother, sister, and I would go
>> with our aunt to visit my great-grandmother at the retirement home,
>> and take her to Golden Corral for lunch. We couldn't go anywhere else,
>> because if we did, every 10 minutes or so during our meal, my
>> g-grandmother would interrupt with, "This isn't where we usually go,
>> is it?"
>> Anyway, it seems GC has jumped into the news with an employee-made
>> video of foodbeing stored next to a dumpster. A guy named Mackinley
>> Greenlaw comments on it in a one-minute video, and 15 seconds in,
>> refersto GC's "literal [sic] troth [sic] of deeply saturated
>> factory-farmed food gobs". The /trOT/ pronunciation was new to me.
>> It's also unclear exactly what he means by "deeply saturated". I
>> figure the idea of "saturated fat" was probably in MG's mind when he
>> said this, but it seems to have mutated fromfats saturated with
>> hydrogen bonds (or whatever it is)to food saturated with fat, or
>> grease or oil.
>> http://www.examiner.com/video/this-may-make-you-think-twice-about-eating-at-golden-corral

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