[Sca-cooks] Potluck was "Bad" language

Susan Lin susanrlin at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 06:46:47 PST 2009

Around here if you say "pot luck" these days you might actually get POT
luck.  Sorry - couldn't resist after all the arguments about medical
marijuana here.  Yes, someone is trying to open a pot restaurant for
those folks who don't want to toke up but just sit down to a "relaxing"
meal!  Oh, but only for medicinal purposes.

Sorry - I'll stop now.


On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 8:50 PM, Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com> wrote:

> Pot luck goes back to the luck of the pot, meaning one eats whatever
> is being cooked in the pot. It is, i think, at least 17th century. And it
> could be that
> EEBO has it back even earlier.
> I'll look it up when I get back and have my own computer.
> Johnnae
> On Dec 29, 2009, at 7:16 PM, t.d.decker at att.net wrote:
> I always thought it derived from the Chinook word potlatch.
>> Bear
>>> Potluck
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