Family word? Dialect? Regionalism? Nonsense?
March 7, 2014 9:04 AM Subscribe
If anyone besides my spouse and her family knows the word "toast-a-dies," would you please step forward? I'm trying to find out the origin of this term for French toast.
posted by dlugoczaj to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My spouse's word for French toast, which she got from her father, is "toast-a-dies." She doesn't know where this word comes from. We don't even know if it's a real word or if it's something that her father made up (and her father is notoriously cagey about this).
If anyone else has EVER heard of this word, do you know the origin? I'm not even sure of the spelling--I made a close stab at it. ("Dies" is pronounced "dees.") The closest I can figure, if it's an actual word, that it might be some kind of corruption of "toast a dix"--aka, ten-day-old toast, much as the French would refer to it as "pain perdu" or "lost bread." Is that plausible?
Spouse's father was born and raised in New Haven, CT; he's in his early 70s. He's a combination of French Canadian (he's anglophone but I don't know how far back in his family that goes) and Italian. I haven't thought much about the potential of the term being Italian, but maybe it is--I think I lean toward the French because well, French toast. There's nothing special about his recipe that might indicate the need for a particular term--basic eggs, milk, vanilla and bread.