Monday, July 4, 2011

Chow- word for the day

chow \CHOU\, noun:

1. Food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.

verb phrase:
1. "Chow down:" to eat; eat a meal, especially the main meal of the day.

The chow callers were screaming that there was one minute left before morning meal formation.
-- James Webb, A sense of honor

It was almost time for the chow-wagon to show-up.
-- George W. Adams, Under the Southern Cross

Chow originates among Chinese workers in California around the Gold Rush, shortened from the pidgin chow-chow, derived from cha, Chinese for "mixed."


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