[Ads-l] "Cold meat"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Dec 12 22:47:16 EST 2019


Yes, it appears that "cold meat" per the OED does not distinguish as
between cold cuts and cold uncuts.

LH

On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 10:41 PM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm sure you meant "does *not* specify".
>
> MAM
>
> On Thu, Dec 12, 2019, 10:37 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <
> adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > 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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