ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


rarebit, noun.  rabbit, as in Welsh rabbit, a dish commonly containing cheddar cheese, beer, and seasonings, served over toast.  Welsh rabbit contains no rabbit.

The first recorded use of the term "Welsh rabbit" was in 1725; the first recorded use of the term "Welsh rarebit" was in 1785, in Francis Grose's book A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.  The assumption by Grose is that "rarebit" is a corruption of the word "rabbit".

The origin of the initial "rabbit" term is also obscure.  There is a theory that "Welsh rabbit" was a reference to the idea that Welsh people were too poor to afford meat, so they ate cheese instead.

There are many variations:  English rabbit, Irish rabbit, Scotch rabbit, etc.  When topped with a poached egg it's called a "golden buck".

The word "rarebit" seems to exist solely as a variant of "rabbit", for this dish alone.
Tags: noun, r, theme: food, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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