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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

HORS D'OEUVRES: literally "outside the main work" ... appetizers

Chickpea Radish Hors d'Oeuvres by teenytinyturkey.


The Straight Dope Mailbag: What's the origin of "hors d'oeuvres"?
Quoting William and Mary Morris' Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins: The French phrase hors d'oeuvres literally means "outside the works." Originally it was an architectural term referring to an outbuilding not incorporated into the architect's main design. The phrase was borrowed by France's culinary experts to indicate appetizers customarily served apart from the main course of a dinner. Thus hors d'oeuvres are, quite literally, outside the main design of the meal. Vraiment, c'est simple, n'est-ce-pas?

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