April 27, 2013
casserole (noun)
\KASS-uh-rohl\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a dish in which something can be baked and served2 : the food cooked and served in a casserole
How do you use it?
Audrey mixed green beans and French fried onions with cream of mushroom soup to make a green bean casserole for the PTO dinner.
Are you a word wiz?

In which of these old languages do you think the word "casserole" was cooked up?

The recipe for success lies in answer D. "Casserole" comes from the Old Occitan word "cassa," meaning "ladle" or "dripping pan." Occitan is a language spoken in southern France, and Old Occitan is the language as it was spoken from about 1100 to about 1500. A number of food terms in addition to "casserole" have Old Occitan as part of their histories, among them the candy known as "nougat," the mix of salad greens referred to as "mesclun," and those edible snails called "escargot." These food terms are just a few of the many words that come to English by way of Old Occitan, however. Two more examples are the name of the poet-musicians of medieval France and Italy known as "troubadours," from an Old Occitan word, "trobador," and the name of the flat cap called the "beret."
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