[Sca-cooks] Queens Tea

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Mon Jan 28 11:17:16 PST 2013

On 1/28/13 7:24 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:
> Tea shows up right on the boundary line.
> According to OED-
> the plant
> [1598   W. Phillip tr. J. H. van Linschoten [Disc. Voy. E. & W. Indies  i. xxvi. 46/1]   The aforesaid warme water is made with the powder of a certaine hearbe called Chaa.]
> the drink
> [1601   R. Johnson tr. G. Botero [Travellers Breviat  (1603) 216]   Water mixt with a certaine precious powder which they [the Japanese] use, they account a daintie beverage: they call it Chia.
That's the word "tea." But it's describing its use outside of Europe, so 
it isn't evidence that tea was being drunk in Europe by 1600.
> Tea as "A meal or social entertainment at which tea is served" is mid 18th century."
Source? The traditional story  makes it 19th century, and I don't have 
my OED ready to hand.


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