Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 08:33:16 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: s'mores and thousand island dressing Lynne Murphy writes (after agreeing with the majority sentiment that s'mores must contain real fire-roasted marshmallows [gee, sounds almost trendy that way] and not fluff glop and NO peanut butter): >now, if you've gotten this far, could you tell me if "thousand island >dressing" comes from the thousand islands in new york? the american >heritage says "possibly." a bottle i saw here recently had a picture >of a woman hula-ing on the label, which amused me, since i think of >the thousand islands as a place where you need a sweater. That IS quite an image, a line of fisherman-sweater- and parka-wearing inhabitants of the St. Lawrence seaway area with grass skirts dancing the hula. I'm quite confident that even if the connection between the dressing and the 1000 Islands of the St. Lawrence is embellished by myth, any connection with that OTHER archipelago can only be a recent folk etymology (or advertising ploy: grass skirts might be deemed to sell better than anoraks). Larry --------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA