[Sca-cooks] Potluck was "Bad" language

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Thu Dec 31 06:14:44 PST 2009

AS promised

OED dates it back to:

1592 T. NASHE Strange Newes Ep. Ded. sig. A2, That, that pure sanguine  
complexion of yours may neuer be famisht with potte-lucke.


On Dec 29, 2009, at 10:50 PM, Johnna Holloway 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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