Thursday, October 22, 2009

You can't have any pudding if you don't eat your meat!

funny word of the day: pudding

From Wikipedia:

Pudding most often refers to a dessert, but can also refer to a savory dish in some dialects.

In the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth countries, pudding refers to rich, fairly homogeneous starch- or dairy-based desserts (e.g. rice pudding, Christmas pudding), or, informally, is used to refer to any dessert. The word is also used for fairly homogeneous encased savory dishes, e.g. black pudding, suet pudding.

In the U.S., pudding denotes a sweet milk-based dessert similar in consistency to egg-based custards as well as to more traditional puddings such as bread pudding or rice pudding.

The word pudding probably comes from the French boudin, originally from the Latin botellus, meaning "small sausage," referring to encased meats used in Medieval European puddings.

Pudding is also used in one of my favorite lines from Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall":

"If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat!"

The sweet version was also made famous by Bill Cosby who, for years, was a spokesman for Jello Pudding. Here's one of his commercials from the 80s:

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