johnnae at mac.com
Tue Jul 13 08:03:34 PDT 2010
Had a moment so I looked whisk up in OED
3. An instrument, now freq. a bundle of wires, for beating up eggs,
cream, or the like.
1666 Boyle Orig. Formes & Qual; 111 By beating the White of an Egge
well with a Whisk, you may reduce it from a somewhat Tenacious into a
1747 Mrs. Glasse Cookery xv. 140 First beat the Whites of the Eggs up
well with a Whisk.
1882 Worc. Exhib. Catal. iii. 38 Egg whisk for confectioners.
For the verb
whisk, v. (adv., int.) Forms: see whisk sb.1 [In early use Sc.; prob.
of Scandinavian origin: cf. Sw. viska to whisk (off), sponge, Da.
viske to wipe, whisk, rub, sponge (a gun), Norw. viska to put straw,
etc. together in a bundle = OHG. wisken (MHG., G. wischen) to
wipe,intr. to move lightly or briskly, LG. wisken to move quickly,
wipe off, etc.: cf. whisk sb.1 The spelling with wh was adopted as
being symbolic (cf. whip). ]
4. To beat or whip with a rod of twigs or the like. Obs. in gen.
sense: in later use, To stir or beat up (eggs, cream, etc.) with a
light rapid movement (= whip v. 7), esp. by means of a whisk (see
whisk sb.1 3).
1530 R. Whytford Werke for Housholders E i, Yf any chylde
be..stubburne,..let it..be whysked with a good rodde.
I suppose the next step is to look up rods in cookery.
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