[Sca-cooks] mysterious query

Susan Fox selene at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 23 21:23:01 PST 2007

The Oxford English Dictionary lists it under Parliament, definition 7, short
for Parliament-cake.  My poor eyes are ill-suited to reading much of the
defining text in microprint but the earliest date seems to be 1812.

Hope this helps,

On 1/23/07 8:14 PM, "Devra at aol.com" <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.)
>   Devra

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