Thursday, April 30, 2009

Words I'm Looking Up (One in an occasional, cleverly named series on words I'm looking up)


APPLE PANDOWDY (1795–1805, Americanism; perh. var. of obs. dial. [Somerset] pandoulde custard)

apple pandowdy

a deep-dish apple pie or cobbler, usually sweetened with molasses

It's true. Due to my penchant for bizarre word associations, all this pandemic talk is making me hungry.

Actually, it gets even weirder when you consider that 1. I've never had anything served under the name of pandowdy and 2. I don't even know how I learned the word. Might have been in a nursery rhyme I heard as a child. Or maybe I'm confusing it with someone named Pam whom others called dowdy (or perhaps doughty. Either way, she sounded delicious).

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Faldone said...

Does the phrase "Shoo fly pie and apple pandowdy" not ring a bell with you? Maybe it's before your time.

June Casagrande said...

Yes! That's it! But I can't quite piece it together.


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