[Sca-cooks] mysterious query
grm at andrew.cmu.edu
Tue Jan 23 20:34:15 PST 2007
--On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 11:14 PM -0500 Devra at aol.com wrote:
> Dear Folks, sorry. I was trying to forward a query from Ruth Berman about
> the age or historicity or earliest date of the word 'parliament' as a
> sweet, and managed to loose the original message from her, as well as
> send you an empty forward. *sigh* She was talking about the word
> showing up in the novel 'Lorna Doone' and also in Conan Doyle.
> Something about a kid buying 'parliament and dumps' for his friends.
> (And now I've lost the printed copy too. just not my day.)
According to the OED:
8. Short for parliament cake, sense 9. Now rare (in later use hist.).
1812 H. SMITH & J. SMITH Rejected Addr. 52 Crisp parliament with lollypops,
And fingers of the Lady.
Don't know if that's actually the earliest reference, but at least it sets
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