Ammon Shea provided evidence of ‘baked Alaska’ from 1891.
‘Alaska’, or ‘baked Alaska’, is a dessert made of ice cream topped with meringue, baked in a hot oven so that the meringue cooks before the ice cream melts. There are earlier examples of similar desserts, but […]
Bryn has provided verifiable evidence from 1918.
The tribal practice of decapitating enemies and preserving their heads gave us the first sense of ‘headhunter’ in 1800. Nowadays we’re more likely to think of the less gruesome recruitment practice […]
Bryn supplied evidence from 1914 and Glyn Hughes provided evidence of “Earl Grey’s mixture” from 1884.
This blend of tea flavoured with bergamot is said to have been popularized by Charles, the second Earl Grey (1764–1845). OED editors have found evidence for […]
An OED library researcher has uncovered evidence from April 1978, following a lead from Dr John Bailiff
We are looking for earlier evidence of ‘Ironman’ in the sense ‘a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112-mile cycle race and a full marathon’. The first example found so far is […]
Garson O’Toole has supplied an example from 1955.
The famous cocktail of peach juice mixed with Prosecco or champagne is said to have been invented in Venice at Harry’s Bar in the 1930s, but named only in 1948 (in honour of the painter Giovanni Bellini, c1430–1516). Our earliest evidence […]
Patrick of Boston has now provided evidence from 28 Dec. 1987.
FAQ is an initialism from ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, used as the name for a list of questions and answers. The term was originally associated with the Usenet discussion system, and has been attributed to Eugene N. Miya, researcher at NASA, […]