Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 22:05:45 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: Grits (was Re: Clabber milk)
I'm just back after a week of Spring Break, and working my way through an
overdrawn computer account of 141 messages, mostly ADS-L, so pardon if this
has already been pointed out. Raven McDavid used to speak with relish of
having grits with red-eye gravy as the only true Southern way of serving it.
Just by coincidence I was looking the word up today to see if it was by
chance an Americanism, and found that although it is attested back to OE,
the specific reference to hominy grits (for which Southern "grits" is a
shortened form) is certainly a New World innovation.
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)