‘Backwash’ is a chiefly American, colloquial term referring to the mixture of saliva and beverage that flows back into the beverage container after one takes a drink. It’s relatively recent; the earliest evidence OED researchers have found thus far dates to [...]
A number of quotations in the OED derive from a book with the title ‘Meanderings of Memory’. However, we have been unable to trace this title in library catalogues or text databases.
Posted by OED_Editor on 3 May 2013 12.59