[Sca-cooks] "Bad" language

t.d.decker at att.net t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Dec 29 16:16:37 PST 2009

I always thought it derived from the Chinook word potlatch.

> Potluck, AFAIK, is Old English word and usually refers to 1 of 2 things. 1. 
> Guest drop by around dinner time and you prepare whatever is on hand. 2. a 
> communal dinner where every one brings something to the dinner. I don't know 
> how far back the tradition goes but I know that German Lutherans have 
> practiced the #2 meaning since the 1800s. Either as a church get together or 
> just friends and family gatherings. 
> And then there is tradition of the coffee cake which is probably a off shoot 
> of tea cakes but Northern Europe style. :) 
> De 

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