|I will eat the coleslaw (bottom right), but I'll do grudgingly, wearing a scowl, and thinking of herpes.|
(photo by The Culinary Geek)
Noun. Originally US. Also coldslaw. Late 18th century.
[Dutch koolsla, from kool (English cole) cabbage + sla (English slaw) salad.]
A salad of sliced raw cabbage, now usually with mayonnaise etc.
I don't like coleslaw that much. I think it's mainly because as a child I thought it was pronounced coldsore, which has left me associating this cold, creamy, crunchy cabbage salad with herpes simplex. Which just doesn't do it for me. Anyway, I've since been set right - it's coleslaw (or coldslaw), it means (and is) cabbage salad, and it's got absolutely nothing to do with those painful, ugly blisters one gets on one's lips. Still don't like it though.
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