[Ads-l] "Cold meat"

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 13 03:41:18 UTC 2019

I'm sure you meant "does *not* specify".


On Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 10:37 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> The OED has "cold meat". To me "cold cuts" usually means sliced meats.
> * The OED definition does specify whether the meat is sliced*. Pre-sliced
> meat may be a relatively recent innovation. So the definition of "cold
> meats" may have shifted over time to accommodate pre-sliced meat and
> unsliced meat.
> [Begin OED excerpt]
> cold meat, n.
> Frequency (in current use):
> Etymology: cold adj. 2b.
>  1. *Cooked meat that has become cold; hence sometimes used to connote
> inferior fare.* Also attributive.

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