[Sca-cooks] New 'invention' of medieval food?
t.d.decker at att.net
Fri Aug 19 07:26:50 PDT 2011
Hoorde's Dyetary (1542), is the earliest listed reference in English
according to the OED. The various primary sources specifically
differentiate between vinegar and alegar. The generalized use of the term
vinegar for all of these products appears to arise from the understanding
that they are all acetic acid based in the early 19th Century, but the
evidence is sketchy.
> Actually, I have seen references to Middle English uses of the word
> "alegar" (albeit only in secondary sources about brewing; haven't
> chased down any references) - but I'm quite certain it was more
> commonly referred to as a vinegar, even back then.
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