Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 04:37:51 -0800
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IX.NETCOM.COM
Subject: Red eye gravy
But what is the origin of "red-eye gravy" and what does it consist of?
crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ix.netcom.com
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)