Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 04:37:51 -0800 From: SETH SKLAREY Subject: Red eye gravy But what is the origin of "red-eye gravy" and what does it consist of? Seth Sklarey crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >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] > >