History of Kitchen Words

History of Kitchen Words

History of Kitchen Words I found out a lot about the origins of many of our sayings to do with the kitchen and dining room this week when I visited Anne Hathaway's cottage at Stratford on Avon. For instance the dining room table was originally a board set upon two trestles. The terms "bed and board" and "board and lodging" refer to this board i.e. you get a seat at a table and a bed to sleep in. The head of the family sat in a chair whilst the other diners set on a bench. Hence the origins of "chairman" and "chairman of the board" and "the bench". Often another board was set up at the side. This would contain the serving dishes and is the origin of the word "sideboard". Sometimes shelves were added to this for dishes which held dressings to add to the meals as they were served, hence the word "dresser". Sometimes these dressers had doors put on them to contain such items as cups, hence the word "cupboard". Before plates made of pottery became fashionable, plates were made of pewter and were shared by everyone. Pewter contains lead and so this gradually

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